Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Project (CHAP)
CHAP is a suite of five sub-projects exploring the history and material culture of the Garnock Connections area. Workshops, experiential learning, oral history, desk-based research, temporary exhibitions, field survey, and an excavation will focus on the key themes of industrial heritage, prehistoric communities and medieval strongholds.
Water Logs involves young people in experiential learning through participation in journeys on Kilbirnie, Barr and Castle Semple Lochs. They will explore the archaeology of Iron Age communities and log-boat travel, and people's relationships to the ancient and modern natural environments, log their journeys and develop a temporary exhibition.
Exploring Castle Hill engages volunteers in investigating and interpreting Ardrossan Castle and Church through documentary research, targeted excavation, outreach and learning events, post-excavation analysis, and web-based interpretation. Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society play a key role in the Exploring Castle Hill sub-project.
Medieval Misdemeanours is a series of events engaging audiences with the often-overlooked medieval history of the area through talks, active learning, storytelling, living history displays and other activities. Volunteer researchers will develop and present the content at these events, which will take place at key medieval locations across the Garnock Connections area.
Timekeeping is focused on exploring the area’s more recent, industrial past. A team of volunteers will be trained in oral history recording. They will then use these skills to record memories and stories of working life at key industrial sites across the area. A second team of volunteers will be trained and supported in recording archaeological remains and built heritage at former industrial sites. The material recorded by both teams will be brought together and combined into a temporary exhibition celebrating the area’s industrial heritage.
Ecology:Archaeology Connections: Where natural heritage projects have potential to encounter buried archaeology, activities such as test-pitting and watching briefs will be conducted with volunteers to identify and record archaeology that could be revealed.
CHAP is part funded by a grant from the Historic Environment Scotland Archaeology Programme
Did you know?
An archaeological dig at the ruined church on Castle Hill, Ardrossan, in 1911 uncovered an unusally ornate medieval sarcophagus.
The Ardrossan Sarcophage is now on display in the North Ayrshire Heritage Centre