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In 2015, the University received a bequest from the late Mick Aston, who was an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University. Mick was a passionate advocate for the widespread availability of academic research in archaeology and through his role as the resident archaeologist on Channel Four’s Time Team, he helped to maximise the popularity of archaeology. Mick’s generous bequest will contribute towards the cost of providing places for local people on our training excavation at Ipplepen and enable us to provide supervision to those volunteers.

Mick's bequest has enabled us to launch the Ipplepen Excavation Appeal, which is looking for donations large and small. All gifts, of any size, are greatly appreciated and collectively can be transformational.

For example:

  • £15 could buy a trowel
  • £80 could buy a wheelbarrow
  • £200 could pay for the hire of a portaloo
  • £450 could pay for a supervisor to teach students and local volunteers how to excavate
  • £2,200 could pay for the hire of the minibus used to transport participants to and from the campsite each day
  • £25,000 could pay for a season's work
  • £42,000 could fund a three-year PhD studentship that would allow us to study the wider landscape around Ipplepen

If you would like to donate, you can do so via the Annual Fund website, or you can complete and return an Ipplepen donation form.