Between 1976 and 1981, hundreds of amateur and professional archaeologists worked on the Coppergate Dig and more than a million people came to see the excavation for themselves. This project is aiming to record the memories of this extensive community, including those of some of the leading figures in the dig such as Dr Peter Addyman, Director of York Archaeological Trust as the time. Together, with re-digitised photographs and video footage, they are being used to bring the excitement of the dig to life for future generations.
As part of the project, the Community team at JORVIK Viking Centre is undertaking an initiative calling on all of the archaeologists who helped out on the dig as well as the people who came to see it to submit their memories, in order to collate a permanent record of the 1970s origins of the Viking Centre.
Material gathered for the Coppergate Memories oral history project is now embedded within new AV shows at JORVIK and can be viewed and listened to below.
‘Discover Coppergate’ Show 1
‘Discover Coppergate’ Show 2
‘Discover Coppergate’ Show 3
‘Discover Coppergate’ Show 4
Digging for History 1. Peter AddymanFormer Director of the York Archaeological Trust Peter Addyman discusses the threats and opportunities posed by building development in York, as well as the creation of YAT.
Digging For History 2. Peter Addyman, Rescue ArchaeologyFormer Director of the York Archaeological Trust Peter Addyman discusses the importance of rescue archaeology.
JORVIK, The Vikings Return: 1984 1 & 2 Coppergate and Peter AddymanFilmed in 1984, this film features and interview with Former Director of the York Archaeological Trust Peter Addyman discussing the Coppergate dig.
JORVIK, The Vikings Return: 1984 3 Magnus MagnussonFilmed in 1984, in this video Magnus Magnusson, original voice of the JORVIK ride experience commentary, explains his role in the creation of the centre
JORVIK, The Vikings Return: 1984 4 & 5 Richard Hall and Jim SpriggsFilmed in 1984, here Richard Hall and Jim Spriggs explore the thinking behind the original JORVIK Viking Centre.
The York HelmetA documentary exploring the discovery of the famous York Helmet; features Dr. Rupert Bruce-Mitford and former Director of the York Archaeological Trust Peter Addyman.
HRH Prince of Wales visiting the Coppergate digFootage capturing HRH Prince of Wale's visit to the Coppergate dig.
Coppergate Dig and ArtefactsFootage of the Coppergate dig and some of the artefacts recovered, featuring former Director of the York Archaeological Trust Peter Addyman.