For the second year running archaeologist Mark Olly brought a touch
of Celtic history to Knutsford Heritage Centre and attracted large
In 1999 Mark brought the exhibition 'On The Celtic Road' to Knutsford,
featuring a 'Living History' display which brought Cheshire's history
to life for four hundred plus visitors who came to see the exhibition
during its month long stay. Among those attending were MP Martin
Bell and Jenny Cule who, as a child in the 1970's, found one of
the oldest Cheshire finds to date, a hand axe.
right: MP Martin Bell visiting the
The popular exhibition returned this year in May and its duration
had to be extended to six weeks due to its success. In all it attracted
in excess of six hundred visitors, making it the most successful
event in the history of the Heritage Centre. It is expected to return
in the summer of 2001, no doubt with even more fascinating additions.
right: Mark Olly with Jenny Cule
and the hand axe (bottom right of case)
The exhibition on show during this summer, 2000, was expanded and
divided into three sections. Visitors were able to see again the
'Living History' exhibits, which included a Bard's costume and a
Joseph of Arimathea staff, and also 'Celtic Warrington Project'
display boards and finds, highlighting Mark's series of books 'Celtic
Warrington & Other Mysteries', and a 'CWP' archaeology area, which
illustrated the set up and equipment of an on site dig, with video
right: The 'dig' area
To mark the opening of the exhibition the re-enactment group Dalraida
visited Knutsford town center for the May Bank Holiday to entertain
the weekend crowds with mock battles in full costume. The Knutsford
Lions Medieval Fayre, staged in King Street, raised a large amount
for local charities, and even Town Mayor Jennifer Holbrook dressed
up for the occasion and joined in the proceedings.
right: The'Celtic Warrington Project'
right: Jennifer Holbrook at the Lions Medieval