Morecambe’s very own ‘Time Team’ have their spades at the ready to uncover relics of the town’s past.
A small number of volunteers from the Morecambe Heritage Group will hold an archaeological dig at one of the town’s oldest pubs, the Morecambe Hotel.
The team has been invited by new landlord Rod Taylor, long-serving Morecambe FC director, to dig in the beer garden at the Poulton Road pub while it’s being refurbished for a grand re-opening.
As the pub is located in the heart of Poulton village, or ‘old Morecambe’, they are hoping to find items of historical interest.
“There has been no archaeology in Morecambe for years,” said Ian Hughes, dig co-ordinator.
“But we know there have been people around here since the ‘year dot’. We don’t know what we’re walking over every day.
“We’ve looked at old maps of the area and we know there was a zoo there at one point.
“We know there were small buildings there but we don’t know what they were.
“It would be fantastic if we could find something on the first dig but we don’t want to raise expectations.”
The first dig this weekend (April 12 and 13) will not be open to the public.
But a second dig at Easter (April 18-21) will be open for anyone who is interested in coming along to watch.
The team will be helped by Dig Manchester and other experienced archaeologists.
If successful, further digs could happen in future at other sites in Morecambe.
Morecambe Heritage has been set up to campaign for a permanent Morecambe Heritage Centre.
They aim to open a small ‘pop-up’ centre somewhere in town in 2015.
The group is currently gathering nostalgic material to help with their quest.
This includes a collection of Baxter fishing family photographs and items owned by Sue Baxter of Baxter’s Shrimps, old-time variety memorabilia owned by Debbie Cain, granddaughter of the comedian Albert Modley, and a massive archive of photographs and slides taken by the late Morecambe photographer Bill Houston.
“It’s exciting,” said Ian.
“If we can gather together all of these disparate items into one spot and have one single database that people can use for research, we will have a great chance of getting a feasibility study into a heritage centre.”
Morecambe Heritage, and indeed The Visitor, are very interested in information about the history of the Morecambe Hotel pub.
If you know anything about the history of the site, please contact me at Looking Back.