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Engaging the local community

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Local community involvement was an important part of the Crossrail project. At Stepney Green this took the form of a community excavation, projects with local children and an oral history project recording local people’s memories of the Second World War.

In July 2013, ninety volunteers became amateur archaeologists for the week as they took part in Crossrail’s community dig at Stepney City Farm, during the UK-wide Festival of Archaeology in July 2013.

The volunteers learnt archaeology excavation techniques and worked alongside experienced archaeologists. The amateur archaeologists, working alongside archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), unearthed more remains related to the 13th Century Worcester Manor House, which was previously re-discovered by Crossrail archaeologists during an earlier dig at Stepney.