MAR 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Time Team's Coventry Finds To Be Screened
of the amazing artefacts uncovered by Coventry’s Phoenix
Initiative will be seen on television this week when Time Team
screens its latest visit to the city.
AND MICK ASTON FROM TIME TEAM
Robinson, Mick Aston and Phil Harding all paid a return visit to
Coventry last month to see the latest finds in the archaeological
dig in the city centre.
many things have been found that the film crew took enough footage
to add 30 minutes more to the original programme screened last
latest discoveries, including one of the best examples of a
medieval wall painting found in this country, will be shown on
Thursday on Channel Four at 9pm.
ruins are from the Benedictine priory, founded by Lady Godiva, and
demolished under orders from Henry VIII during the reformation.
was the only cathedral in the country to be razed to the ground,
but much of the undercroft has survived.
from the main part of the building fell down the hill and filled
the undercroft up.
is only the second site to be re-visited by the Time Team, and was
the only place where filming was extended to four days instead of
the usual three.
Demidowicz, the city council's Conservation Officer, believes the
return visit indicated the interest and importance of the work
somebody didn't know what Coventry's first cathedral and priory
was, then there is no excuse after 8 March.
Time Team programme is a way of showcasing our recent
discoveries to as many people as possible.
coverage will mix twenty minutes of the previous programme with
thirty minutes of entirely new film.
original intention was to add only twelve minutes to the old
programme. We knew we had something important to show off, but
such was Time Team's excitement about what we had found, that
the original plans were quickly shelved. “
hope, however, to reveal some of the magnificent monastic
archaeology permanently as part of the next stage of the Phoenix
next phase of the Phoenix Initiative project to be completed will
be the opening of the Priory Gardens and Cloisters alongside the
new Interpretation Centre in April this year.
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal) said,
Phoenix Initiative is clearly very exciting to those interested
in the city's history and heritage.
the complete project is finished by Autumn 2002, the sheer
scale, scope and size of the development, stretching from the
Cathedral Quarter all the way down to the Garden of
International Friendship by White Street, will become apparent
and help create a walkway of 1,000 years of history.
sure the site will then generate even more interest and coverage
both locally and nationally."
[13 FEB 01] NAMES AND
FACES OF COVENTRY'S PAST UNCOVERED
[12 FEB 01] CITY MEDIEVAL
PAINTING FIND EXCITES EXPERTS
SEE [12 JAN 01] TIME TEAM RETURNS
TO FILM 13TH CENTURY FIND