King’s Lynn’s Great British Dig

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How a small field in North Lynn is changing our understanding of the English Civil War

During the summer of 1643 after a short siege, Parliament recaptured King’s Lynn. Refortified to a design seldom seen anywhere else in the country, the town became the principal supply base for Parliament’s armies operating in the east and northeast of England.

380 years later, King’s Lynn is home to King’s Lynn under Siege (KLuS) a ground-breaking archaeological project, investigating the town during the ‘English’ Civil Wars, and uncovering traces of the town’s fortifications. This talk will include the project’s excavations in 2021 (featured in Channel 4’s Great British Dig series), and in 2022, and its investigations in 2023.

The project is providing a rare insight into the design and construction of Civil War earthwork fortifications.

Speaker:  David Flintham

David is the co-founder and project director of the King’s Lynn under Siege community archaeology project. He is the author of four books, and more than 60 other papers, essays, and articles on 17th century fortress warfare. David is also part of a research project ‘re-discovering’ London’s ECW fortifications, and has recently created the Civil War Fortifications Register, a database identifying every place that was fortified across the British Isles during the Civil Wars. A long-time member of the Fortress Study Group, he now serves on its committee.


The new venue is University Centre Peterborough.

This is NOT the new university building in the centre of the city, but is on a shared campus with Peterborough College and is accessed from Park Crescent.

There is on-site parking available.

The lecture theatre is on the first floor; a lift is available.

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6 November 2023
7:00 pm
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University Centre Peterborough
Park Crescent
Peterborough, PE1 4DZ


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