Who Are We?
What are we doing this for?
The Mercian Heritage Group comprises about half a dozen enthusiastic
amateurs. We demand no payment for what we do. We are merely
a group of friends with a shared interest in local (and wider) history.
It's crucial to try and preserve as much of our heritage as
we can, while we can. Local knowledge will not be available for
ever. Artefacts in the ground are under threat from ever-deeper
ploughing. Fields are being developed, factories and housing built
upon open areas, wind farms being created in rural areas. All of
these are a necessary part of population growth (sadly, in some cases).
However, before development takes place, we can try and find out as much
as possible about the locale and record it.
For example, within the last few
years with the development of DIRFT (the Daventry International Rail
Freight Terminal at Crick in Northamptonshire), a Bronze Age settlement was built
over and now has concrete bases and several warehouses sitting on it and
the information available from such an important site has been lost
It is mandatory that all members of the group have civil
liability insurance to a minimum level of cover of £5,000,000 as provided
by the NCMD.