Young History and Archaeology Club
YHAC meets monthly on Saturday afternoons at the Time and Tide Museum. The club is supervised by fully accredited society members, supported by historians from the Time and Tide and is affiliated to the National Council for British Archaeology. Thanks to funding from Historic England the club is free to join.
There are currently two spaces in the YHAC so if you are a budding historian or a would-be archaeologist between the ages of 8 and 16 , or know somebody who might be, please email the society on email@example.com for more information.
YHAC Test Pit
In late summer the Great Yarmouth Young History and Archaeology group was asked by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust to organise and host an archaeological excavation inside the town walls. Digging this one metre square test pit proved to be intriguing and great fun! Careful exploration revealed shards of Georgian and medieval pot, a set of brass buttons, two bullet casings and a George V halfpenny. By the end of the day we had revealed the interior wall of a brick structure at a depth of 60cm which had a void underneath.
Further research at Great Yarmouth Library, in the Time and Tide archives, on-line and in consultation with fellow GYLHAS members has identified the structure as being a house at 1 Friar's Lane. From 1906 this dwelling inhabited by the Algar family but was demolished in 1953 to make way for the Middlegate redevelopment.
Neil Storey visited us at our December meeting and explained that William Algar was eligible for the Home Guard so the bullet casing could have belonged to him. More to follow...