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Discovering the past

Former Time Team’s Carenza Lewis and Lincoln University lecturer Ian Waites need residents from the Gainsborough Uphill estate to help them piece together the mysterious history of the area.

A celebration event was held at the Gainsborough Uphill Community Centre on Monday 17 October to celebrate the success of the Middlefield archeologically dig back in May. During the event, Ian and Carenza appealed for residents to share their stories of the estate to support the findings at the dig.

Ian then showed a short film clip of Gainsborough in the 1960s that he discovered in the Lincoln University archive. The short film gave a fascinating insight into the community of Gainsborough and how the town has changed or has even stayed the same over the years. A film of the Middlefield archeologically dig in May was also shown and it will be stored in the university archive for future generations to watch.

Ian said “I grew up on this estate so I’m really fascinated in what we found here. I want to continue to research on the area and dig on the estate to find things from my childhood.

“We made some intriguing discoveries on the dig including finding several toys for boys like toy soldiers and wheels from toy cars but no toys for girls at all. It would begreat to discover why this is.

“What I see in the estate today is exactly how I remember it back in the 1960s, things really haven’t changed. From the film we showed you can see they lived in a close community and that’s something that has remained the same here. It’s a great community to grow up in and it was brilliant to see the area being active and taking part in the dig.”

Carenza and Ian are hoping to take part in another dig on the estate soon if they can get the funding. They want to get the memories of people who lived on the estate to piece together the history of the area. If you lived on the Gainsborough Uphill estate and you want to share your memories please contact Carenza Lewis via email on clewis@lincoln.ac.uk or Ian Waites on iwaites@lincoln.ac.uk.

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