The Archaeology Department at UCC says there is a need for a greater emphasis on the heritage of Cork.

As the city of Cork celebrates 800 years, academics at University College Cork (UCC) think the commemorations have not placed enough emphasis on the history of the city.

Maurice Hurley of the Department of Archaeology at UCC believes that the historical side of the celebrations of the city have been overshadowed by the commercial elements. He would like to see the crypt at Christchurch in the heart of Cork city become a heritage centre.

Much of the city has already been excavated but there is currently nowhere to display the finds.  

Much of the ancient city remains preserved beneath the streets of modern Cork.

Cork is a city rich in history and in 1185 it received the Royal Charter from Prince John.

Archaeologist at UCC Libby Hackett says that the academic interest in the heritage of Cork could be fused with the economic objectives of the city. She believes that an interpretive centre would attract visitors to the city. The items discovered during excavations show the daily life of Cork people in the 13th century, about a hundred years after the charter was granted.

The archaeological finds include two wine jugs, one from England and one from France, demonstrating that Cork people at the time had an interest in the finer things in life, as they do today. The discovery of organic materials shows the trade that went on between Cork and continental locations. Much of the city wall has already been excavated, some of which can be seen in The People's Park.

It is estimated that it would cost between fifty and sixty thousand pounds to get the heritage centre up and running.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 June 1985. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.