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Flag Fen is now managed by Vivacity, an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable status that manages many of Peterborough’s most popular culture and leisure facilities on behalf of Peterborough City Council. Their official website for Flag Fen is here:
How do I get there?
Flag Fen is five miles from the Peterborough Railway and Bus station. There is no bus route to Flag Fen. Taxis from the City Centre cost £8 each way.
By car, Flag Fen can be accessed from Junction 5 of the A1139 or via the B1040 from Whittlesey or Thorney, turning at the Dog in the Doublet Pub.
The staff at the Visitor Centre will be able to contact the archaeology team in case of an emergency, or you can contact Lisa Westcott Wilkins, Managing Director of DigVentures, on 07787188184.
Do I need previous fieldwork experience?
No, our staff will be on hand to teach you everything you need to know, and there will be a detailed welcome packet, as well as an on site orientation, to help get you ready for on site experience.
How is the programme for people who have previous fieldwork experience?
The archaeology at Flag Fen is extremely special, and will be challenging for diggers at all levels of experience. Our field staff and specialists are experts, and will have plenty of knowledge to share.
If I am mobility impaired, can I work on the excavation?
The short answer is: yes! There are lots of tasks in archaeology that can be done by people with all ranges of physical ability. We will discuss your interests and capabilities, and match you up with what needs doing on site. We look forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities to Flag Fen.
I’m a member of an archaeological society and we would like to join you on the dig. Do you book groups?
Absolutely, and we’d love to have as many society groups along as possible to dig with us. We have to be careful about scheduling, so please give us a call to discuss booking, on +44 208 333 5770. if you want to visit Flag Fen but don’t want to dig, then no booking is required – just come along!
I’m a uni student and my field grant won’t cover the whole cost. Can I still book?
We are aware of this possibility and are doing our best to make it possible for students to join us. Please call Lisa Westcott Wilkins on +44 7787188184 to discuss anything related to student digging.
Do you accept credit cards as a method of payment?
Yes, our partner Sponsume can accept many different methods of payment, including foreign currencies.
Will there be Internet access?
There will be internet available, though we are still working out the details. Bear with us!
Are there any age limits?
Yes, you must be 17 or older to dig with us at Flag Fen.
Is the excavation open to non-UK residents?
Yes, of course!
Should I take out any insurance?
We will have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance, but you may want to purchase your own travel insurance. All valuables are the responsibility of the individual participants.
Is the campsite secure?
The campsite will be enclosed by fencing and is within sight of the Visitor Centre, however we have arranged for a lock-box for valuables, as needed.
What will I need money for?
You will need money for lunches, laundry, activities and the odd whip-round for extra cookies and cakes!
Do I need to be fit?
You will need to be reasonably fit, able to move around, kneel for periods of time, work with your hands, and potentially carry small items. There are activities for people with impaired movement, and this can be arranged on a case-by-case basis – just get in touch and talk to us about it.
How is the working week constructed?
We dig from Tuesday morning to Sunday evening. Orientations take place every morning at 8:00am for day students, and on Monday evening at 6:00pm for others. A typical day is 9:00am-5:30pm, with two tea breaks and lunch. Evening lectures or activities begin and 6:30pm, and dinner is at 8:00pm.
Do you work at weekends?
Yes, because Flag Fen is open to the public, and we want as many people as possible to be able to visit us while we’re working.
What happens if it rains?
We still work, providing we can actually see anything!
What do we do on the day off?
It’s up to you – we will arrange some group activities, but you are welcome to make your own plans.
What do we do in the evenings?
There will be DVIP lectures, as well as games, storytelling in the roundhouses, and Q&A sessions on finds.
Does everyone camp on site? Is there an alternative?
Given the location, we are hoping most people will camp. There are hotels and B&Bs in Peterborough, but you will be responsible for those arrangements, as well as travel to and from site.
Do you cater for vegetarians and people with specific dietary requirements?
We will do our best, however facilities are basic. If you have severe allergies or other dietary issues, please plan to bring supplies, and do let us know ahead of time if there’s anything we can do to help.
What are the washing facilities like on site?
We will provide showers, loos, etc.
How do we do our laundry?
We will make trips to town to do laundry.
Can I receive academic credit for attending the Flag Fen Field School?
Not this season, but we are working towards having this in place for 2013.