In: HS2

News and updates relating to MOLA Headland Infrastructure's archaeological work for the HS2 project

A fish-tail coffin being excavated at Park Street
Park Street and the Coffin industry
October 11, 2019

Josie Wall works at the Coffin Works Museum, which is run by Birmingham Conservation Trust, as Operations and Volunteer Assistant. Josie’s particular interest and area of expertise is Victorian funerals and the garden cemeteries that opened outside cities in the 19th century. In this blog she explores Birmingham’s legacy as…

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Archaeological excavation of a well-preserved burial at Park Street burial ground © HS2, courtesy of MOLA Headland.
Archaeologists reveal hidden history of Birmingham to the public, as HS2 Park Street excavation ends
September 19, 2019

A team of 70 of our archaeologists has completed the main archaeological excavations at Park Street for the new Birmingham terminus of the HS2 railway and will be sharing initial finding with the public at a Heritage Open Days event on 21 September 2019. The extraordinary dig, the biggest of…

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How do you conserve a pair of 200-year-old slippers?
August 21, 2019

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A self-guided walk through Digbeth
A walk through Digbeth’s history
July 22, 2019

As archaeological excavations of Park Street burial ground for HS2 come to a close, MOLA Headland Community Engagement Officer, Andy Sherman, explores the hidden historical treasures of the immediate area in this blog. If you’d like to explore the often-forgotten gems of Digbeth for yourself, then download our self-guided walk….

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Digital recording: Advancing archaeological practice for HS2
July 12, 2019

Yesterday evening, the team behind the St James’s burial ground excavation for HS2, celebrated at construction industry awards, the CN Awards, as finalists in the category Best Use of Technology. The multi-disciplinary team – made up of archaeologists from MOLA Headland, expert engineers, archaeologists and construction professionals from Costain Skanska…

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The value of excavating Park Street to understanding the development of Birmingham
July 5, 2019

Josephine Adams is a historical researcher and specialist in burials in 19th century Birmingham. In this blog she explores past excavations in Birmingham and the potential of the Park Street burial ground excavations, being undertaken by MOLA Headland on behalf of LM for the HS2 project, to allow a better…

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MOLA Headland archaeologists excavating the burial of Lucy Lawrence, mother of Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA FRS, a leading English portrait painter and the fourth president of the Royal Academy (c) HS2, courtesy of MOLA Headland
The artists of St James’s burial ground revealed
June 5, 2019

Robert Hartle, Senior Archaeologist for MOLA Headland Infrastructure is currently working on the archaeological excavation of the 18th and 19th century St James’s burial ground at Euston for Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSjv) on behalf of HS2. In this blog Robert delves into the burial ground’s artistic connections and what…

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Assessing human remains during an archaeological excavation: What can we learn?
May 29, 2019

Don Walker is one of the Senior Osteologists undertaking archaeological excavation and research at Park Street burial ground on behalf of LM for HS2. In this blog he explores what happens on site and what we can learn from excavating and assessing human remains. Archaeologists undertaking burial ground excavations take…

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Steve Bell’s political cartoon (1994) illustrating how attitudes to population growth endure through the years.
Park Street burial ground and Birmingham’s population expansion
April 17, 2019

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Cartwheel two pence coins made at the Soho Mint, Birmingham, England, © courtesy of Detecting
All Change Please! Exploring Birmingham’s minting history
March 8, 2019

1797 was the year that the first top hat debuted on top of a haberdasher’s head; the year that poet William Wordsworth was suspected of being a French spy whilst the war with France raged on; the Bank of England issued the first one-pound and two-pound notes, and the year…

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