Saddleworth Archaeological Trust
Affiliated to the Council for British Archaeology
This is the archived website of the Friends of Saddleworth Archaeological Trust
It has been merged into the Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts website as an archive of the documents and newsletters enclosed.
The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts
The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts is a group set up to help look after the site and get people involved in the various initiatives and events which have come out of the Conservation Management Plan.
The Friends of Saddleworth Archaeological Trust have agreed to merge with the Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts
Please see the website here.
Saddleworth Archaeological Trust was constituted in August 1995 to promote and protect the rich archaeological heritage of Saddleworth. Governed by three Trustees, Ken. Booth, David Chadderton and Donald Haigh, it has made the publication of books relating to the archaeology of Saddleworth its number one priority and, in 2001, with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, published two books.
Dr W.P.B. Stonehouse, who unfortunately died prior to completion, wrote the first book The Prehistory of Saddleworth and Adjacent Areas. His work was carried on by David Chadderton and completed ready for publication.
The second book, Roman Saddleworth by Ken Booth, was completed at the same time and both books were launched at Saddleworth Museum on the 26th October 2001.
Currently the Trust is working on the third book in the series dealing with the Industrial Archaeology of Saddleworth.
The protection of Saddleworth’s Archaeological Heritage is also a major concern of the Trust and as well as being represented on a number of conservation committees, it works very closely with like-minded organisations to actively protect the landscape and archaeological sites that are to be found within the Saddleworth boundary.
The archaeological exploration of the area for new sites also plays an important role in the activities of the Trust.
Supporting the Trust are The Friends of Saddleworth Archaeological Trust, a group of members who meet on a monthly basis at The Methodist Church Hall, Gartside Street, DELPH, OL3 5DW on Wednesday evenings. A programme of lectures covering a wide and interesting range of subjects is arranged and, as membership grows, it is hoped to be able to organise both site and museum visits.