VOLUNTEERS are being invited to take part in a community-based archaeological survey of the remains of a 17th century North Yorkshire estate.

The survey at Kiplin Hall, between Scorton and Northallerton, will be led by archaeologist Jim Brightman from Solstice Heritage, and has been made possible by a £53,100 grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.

On Saturday, January 18, anyone interested in volunteering can attend an information afternoon led by curator Dawn Webster and head gardener Chris Baker, who will give an introduction into the history of the house and grounds.

Mr Brightman will explain the archaeology of the area and the excavation work that will take place.

Volunteers can sign up for one or more task including archival research, recording data, amp interpretation, taking part in test-pitting and digging.

No previous experience is required as training will be given by professional archaeologists.

Mr Brightman said: “This is an important research programme into the multi-period archaeological and historic building remains within the grounds of the Hall.

“The area around Kiplin, and also the wider Vale of Mowbray, is incredibly rich in archaeological remains, ranging from the hunter-gatherers who lived here after the last Ice Age right through to modern times.

“To have the opportunity to work alongside local volunteers within a largely unexplored part of this landscape is very exciting and I can’t wait to get started and see what we can discover.”

The event, at 2.30pm at the hall, is free of charge, but anyone interested should call to book a place on 01748-818178 and speak to Dawn Webster or Marcia McLuckie, or email marcia@kiplinhall.co.uk.