The Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey (DNMGS) is run by Involve Heritage CIC with the funding support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
It is a two-year Pilot Project that seeks to identify, survey and record examples of Medieval Graffiti in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, and explore the concept and possible meaning of this through arts and heritage-based workshops.
The project brings together specialists in Heritage, Archaeology, Church Buildings, Art and Community Involvement, and is a partnership project whose main aim is to involve local people in the two counties and provide training & support to help them undertake this important survey.
Following a successful public engagement and recruitment drive, over thirty volunteers have signed up to be involved, as well as Church Buildings specialist Dr. Emma Wells and Buildings Archaeologist James Wright.
These will now become part of the growing project, and will compliment the Project Team that already comprises Involve Heritage CIC, Community Archaeology speicialists MBArchaeology, Medieval Graffiti specialist Matt Champion from the Medieval Graffiti Survey group, Dr. Chris Brooke, who leads the Southwell and Nottingham Church Survey Project, Bolsover Civic Society, Bolsover Methodist Church and Creswell Heritage Trust.
Training sessions were held between July-October 2015, with the full survey started in November 2015 alongside a series of Heritage and Arts-based workshops, which will run throughout 2016.