An update from HS2 – Old St Mary’s Church, Stoke Mandeville

We will be holding our second weekend of open days at our Field Museum at St Mary’s in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday 26 June and Sunday 27 June.

Inside a specially constructed tent the size of a football pitch, archaeologists working on our behalf are currently excavating the remains of the former parish church of St. Mary the Virgin. This is a once in a generation opportunity to excavate the ruins of a medieval church and churchyard. Inside the museum you can ascend the viewing platform for a bird’s eye view of ongoing excavations, as well as displays, films and interactives to explore the history of St. Mary’s Church and the amazing archaeological discoveries in the surrounding area.

We’d love to welcome you onto site to explore this fascinating excavation, where you can learn about life and death in Stoke Mandeville over more than 800 years.

The first round of tickets are available to book now and booking will close once the event is fully booked or at 5pm on Thursday 24 June, whichever comes first.

Visit for more information about this event and to book tickets. Detailed joining instructions including our Health and Safety statement will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the time.

The Government is due to make an announcement about the next stage of Covid-19 restrictions on Monday 14 June. Depending on what new guidance is provided by the Government a second round of tickets for the open days in June may be released on 15 June. If we are able to make additional tickets available we email you again to confirm.

If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email

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