Keen explorers of all ages embarked on an archaeological adventure at Calke Abbey where they discovered remnants of a 19th century summerhouse and a passion for history.
Existing members of a children’s archaeological club which is run by the venue, were joined by families of all ages at the ‘Calke Explore’ event.
The event, which encouraged people to get stuck in to a spot of exploration, was declared a “great success” after an “incredible” amount of people signed up to join archaeology clubs following the digs.
Assistant archaeologist Rosalind Buck said: “It is an unusual activity but it seemed to go down really well and was really popular considering this is only the second year the event has been held.
“To encourage lots of people to give it a go we set up lots of sand pits with objects hidden in them for people to find and identify.”
Ms Buck added: “We were hoping to find remnants of old garden structures and while digging found the footprint of a 19th century summerhouse with people digging up fragments of tea cups, saucers and plates.
"The findings were fascinating and really helped to paint a picture of the lives of those who lived at Calke many years ago.”
Ms Buck hailed the event a great success.
She said: “Both days were really busy and people were so enthusiastic I would definitely call it a success. The weekend also sparked lots of interest among people who have since registered to join the archaeology club, which is inspiring to think that we have found archaeologists of the future.”
A variety of events and activities such as tea dances and cinema nights are held at Calke Abbey all year round.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey