CHILDREN are getting hands on with history as the founding members of an archaeology club.

From the Roman era to the present day, the Young Archaeologists’ Club delves deeper into the hidden past of Bishop Auckland.

Members explore different aspects of archaeology, learn new skills and see the past from a new perspective.

Carys Harper, learning officer at The Auckland Project, which has set up the club, said: “Archaeology is a great way to spark young imaginations and help history come to life. Archaeological finds, excavated from ordinary looking fields can tell you what people who lived hundreds of years ago would have eaten, how they dressed and how they spent their time.”

The club is the latest in a nationwide network of Young Archaeologists’ Clubs, co-ordinated by educational charity, the Council for British Archaeology.

Sessions to date have included a visit to Binchester Roman Fort and over the coming months the group will investigate the lives of the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham, from leading armies to entertaining royalty at their former home, Auckland Castle.

The club is suitable for children aged seven to 11 and sessions are £2. For details email bookings@aucklandproject.org