Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership

archaeologists excavating the site of an old building

As part of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme, the archaeology team at the Museum of Liverpool have led a series of community archaeology projects designed to develop understanding of the rich and changing heritage of the Sefton Coast. The area contains a wide range of archaeological and historic sites dating from the early Prehistoric to the 20th century. These include scatters of flint tools, human footprints preserved in clay beds at Formby Point, ‘lost villages’, rabbit warrens, salt extraction, shipwrecks, agricultural remains relating to the cultivation of asparagus in the 19th and 20th centuries and 20th century military remains.

Through desk-based research, survey and excavation, the team have worked with local people to explore ‘lost settlements’, including Ravenmeols, Argarmeols (the forerunner to modern Birkdale), Ainsdale and Old Formby – all abandoned between the mid 14th to 15th centuries as a result of erosion by the sea and encroachment by sand dunes

During recent excavations at Firwood House and Cabin Hill local volunteers have identified abandoned buildings, and excavation has enabled a detailed understanding of their construction and function.

"I may be a bit new to this archaeology game, but if you ask me, any event that brings so many folk of all ages together to uncover some of the secrets of the past of our incredible coastline, can only be a good thing." Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership facebook comment

The project has also allowed for lots of people with different skills and interests to be directly involved in real historical research by providing volunteers training in the transcription of historical documents such as wills and leases which have enhanced our understanding of the area’s past.