On Monday 4th December we were treated to an expert (hands-on) introduction to osteology in archaeology by Dale Munn. He made particular reference to the collections of human skeletal remains at both Peterborough Museum and at the Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC) at Chester House.

Members asked for more information about Chester House – not surprisingly, perhaps, as the FRAG visit we had previously arranged was one of the events we lost to Covid lock downs.

The ARC is a purpose built repository for archaeological finds from across Northamptonshire. The collection currently consists of over 20,000 boxes of archaeological material from around 3,000 sites with space for over 10,000 boxes from future excavations. The collections are available for research – and there are regular tours and events.

The ARC forms one element of the Chester House estate near Irchester. The estate includes the site of a significant Roman town – and excavations have been undertaken regularly by Leicester University.

There is also a museum, and other facilities to make for a good day out – farm shop, café, walks, & play area. It’s just 50 mins from Peterborough.