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.
If you want to find out more about this fascinating project you can read the Current Archaeology Magazine feature piece here
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.
Interview with Peter Addyman, former director of York Archaeological Trust (Part 1)
Interview with Peter Addyman, former director of York Archaeological Trust (Part 2)
Interview with Dr Margaret Nieke, digger on Coppergate between 1977 and 1980
Interview with Chris Mason, Editorial Executive for Borodin Communications on the Coppergate publicity campaign, 1977-1980
Interview with Alan Stockdale, volunteer digger on Coppergate 1976-9
Interview with members of Ebor Probus share their memories of visiting Coppergate
Interview with Dave Start, student placement digger on Coppergate in the summer of 1980
Interview with Dr Roger White, digger on Coppergate 1979
‘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.
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.