Peeling Back the Layers is a hands-on educational project, run by the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group (TFIG). A wide range of people has been busy investigating the history and archaeology of Whitle, Sheen and the surrounding landscape. Groups and individuals have joined together with primary and secondary schools, young archaeologists, local history enthusiasts and mental health groups in this fascinating exploration of our local heritage.
In 2004, an archaeological survey undertaken by Jim Rylatt of the Peak District National Park (Rylatt, J., 2005 ) identified a number of possible medieval or post-medieval features at Under Whitle. Research by the TFIG uncovered documents establishing the existence of farms and families in the Tudor period.
This project has extended the historical research and has peeled back the layers, to reveal the archaeological features and treasures beneath the ground!
We are now in the process of interpreting everything we have found and found out about. We have created a comic aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, which will soon be given out to all the schools involved and which will be available at the Open Day on 16th July. It is also available to read online. We are busy creating a self-guided trail around the site, complete with interpretation panel at key places – again this will be ready for visitors from the Open Day onwards – and a travelling exhibition and programme of talks will soon be underway. In fact, we have already appeared at the Derbyshire Archaeology Day in January and the CBA West Midlands: News From the Past Day in Birmingham in March. We have also started working on the publication of a book – actually two! One about the project as a whole and another dedicated to the Graveyard Survey and the publication of a book.
If you want to find out more please contact us.