August 2021 Dig Diary

2nd August 2021
Hattie Ford

Welcome to the August edition of our Dig Diary - read on to find out what we've been up to and what's coming up!

Creative Arts Programme Begins

Last month, our Virtual Veterans' Programme wrapped up with an end of programme quiz after six weeks of fascinating lectures, lively discussions and wellbeing support. This month, our Creative Arts Programme kicks off, and we're looking forward to welcoming a new group of veteran participants to Waterloo Uncovered! We'll be supporting over 50 veterans in 2021, double the amount we were able to support last year.

The Creative Arts Programme will consist of creative group activities and discussions, virtual museum tours, and workshops with artists Beth Collar and Shaun Maloney and poet Nick Rendall on poetry, creative writing and drawing -  followed by an exhibition of the veterans’ work at the National Army Museum!

Reenactors Raise £1500!

Four reenactors from His Majesty's 33rd Regiment of Foot stand on top of a hill with a view over the countrysideOn the 24th of June, His Majesty's 33rd Regiment of Foot reenactment group set out on a gruelling journey: to trek 18.15km in full reenactor's kit, all the way from Halifax to the beautiful Stoodley Pike in West Yorkshire.

This was their 1815 Challenge; a fundraising challenge where we ask participants to walk, run, swim, cycle (or anything else they like!) 18.15km (11 miles) to raise money for the four veteran support programmes we are running in 2021.

We're incredibly grateful to the 33rd, who raised over £1500 for our veteran and serving personnel through their amazing march! Well done and thank you to the team and everyone who donated for their support - we hope they had a great time. You can find the 33rd on Facebook, Instagram, and via their website.

Even with the 33rd's amazing achievement, we still have a long way to go to reach our 1815 Challenge target of £20,000. Could you take on the 1815 Challenge? There are ways to get involved even if you aren't sporty! And if you can't take part, please consider making a donation to help us reach our fundraising goal and make our veteran support programmes a success.

Save the Date

In November, we will finally reunite in person with our veteran and serving participants, collaborators and supporters at our November fundraiser Return to Waterloo, where we will aim to raise the money required for our triumphant return to the battlefield in 2022. Please join us for an evening of entertainment, drinks, canapés and a live auction on the 15th of November  at the beautiful Christ Church in Spitalfields, London. Save the date today - and check back in September when tickets will be released!
A Save the Date graphic for the Return to Waterloo event held at Christ Church in London on the 15th of November 2021

Summer Events

Waterloo Uncovered's stand at the Stansted Unlocked event Following a successful weekend at Chalke Valley History Festival, we attended Stansted Unlocked in July, a weekend extravaganza of history, cricket and fun in the grounds of the beautiful Stansted Park. Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us, and all our volunteers for spreading the word about Waterloo Uncovered. We'd also like to thank SD Displays and the Geoff Neal Group for providing printed materials and display boards for all our summer event appearances!

If you couldn't make it to Chalke Valley or Stansted Unlocked, don't worry - there are still plenty of chances to come visit our team and learn more about our work, as well as seeing some of our finds from Waterloo.  Join us at Chelsea History Festival in September - get your tickets here!

Visiting the Finds Store

Last month, the team visited the L-P Archaeology finds store in Bishop's Stortford, where the majority of our 5000+ finds are stored! Later in the year, the veterans taking part in our Finds Programme will visit the store to begin assembling a finds collection, which they will use to share our discoveries and the benefits of archaeology for mental wellbeing with other veterans.
  • Staff members Sarah and Audrey examine finds at the Bishop's Stortford finds store
  • L-P Archaeology staff working at the finds store
  • Shelves of boxes full of finds at the finds store
  • Staff members Ros, Mark, Sarah and Audrey examine finds at the Bishop's Stortford finds store

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