The Big Dig 2019

The Big Dig 2019 is an eight-week archaeological dig which hopes to uncover the mystery of the underground treasure that is Paisley's medieval Abbey Drain!

The Big Dig 2019

About The Big Dig 2019

The Big Dig 2019 is an eight-week archaeological dig (May 21 – July 21) trying to find out if, how and where this unique structure once met the River Cart.

The findings will shape potential future development of this hidden gem as part of the wider regeneration of Paisley town centre.

Paisley’s Abbey Drain is an ornate underground passageway, around 100m long and believed to be more than 700 years old, which was discovered in the 19th century and rediscovered in the 1990s.

The intricate underground structure is believed to have carried material from Paisley’s 850-year-old Abbey to the nearby River Cart – but no one has ever established where and how it met the river.

Previous archaeological digs have revealed carved slates featuring the earliest written polyphonic music – and largest collection of medieval pottery – ever found in Scotland.

Community activity planned for during the Big Dig will include a series of short films and a documentary made by students from the University of the West of Scotland, school visits, volunteering opportunities, and free talks and workshops for the general public.

We’ll have more details about these activities soon … watch this space!

The drain itself won’t be accessible to the public during the dig – but there will be a chance for you to go inside it, as in previous years, during Doors Open Days in September.

Funding partners for The Big Dig 2019 include The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Local History Forum.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Big Dig 2019 are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

22nd August 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

27th August 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

29th August 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

3rd September 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Talk It Over Group Paisley

Talk It Over Group Paisley

3rd September 2019
Held on Tuesdays during term time, the Talk It Over Group offers peer support to mums feeling anxious, lonely and affected by post natal depression.
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

5th September 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

10th September 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Talk It Over Group Paisley

Talk It Over Group Paisley

10th September 2019
Held on Tuesdays during term time, the Talk It Over Group offers peer support to mums feeling anxious, lonely and affected by post natal depression.
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

12th September 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

17th September 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Talk It Over Group Paisley

Talk It Over Group Paisley

17th September 2019
Held on Tuesdays during term time, the Talk It Over Group offers peer support to mums feeling anxious, lonely and affected by post natal depression.
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

19th September 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Talk It Over Group Paisley

Talk It Over Group Paisley

24th September 2019
Held on Tuesdays during term time, the Talk It Over Group offers peer support to mums feeling anxious, lonely and affected by post natal depression.
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

24th September 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

26th September 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

1st October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

3rd October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

8th October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

10th October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

15th October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

17th October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

22nd October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

24th October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

29th October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

31st October 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

5th November 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

7th November 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

12th November 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

14th November 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

19th November 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

21st November 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

26th November 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

28th November 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

3rd December 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

5th December 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

10th December 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

12th December 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

17th December 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

19th December 2019
Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!

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