The annual UK Festival of Archaeology starts tomorrow (Saturday 15th July) and continues until Sunday 30th July.
The CBA says: ‘… Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology [CBA], the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists …’.
There are seventeen events in Essex. Six of these are at Copped Hall; two are at or start at Burnham on Crouch and District Museum; and there are one each at Braintree District Museum, Mersea Island School, Wick Farm, and Chelmsford Museum. Four events form the Essex treasure trail, at Colchester Castle Museum, Saffron Walden Museum, Chelmsford Museum, and Epping Forest Museum.
(There is an evening of talks and discussion here at the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre during the Festival, organised by the Purcell architectural practice, but this is not open to the public.)
There are many other events across the country.
* Copped Hall (on different dates between the 15th and 30th July) – taster weekends and field school
* Braintree District Museum – archaeology trail and mini indoor excavation
* Burnham on Crouch and District Museum (26th July) – children’s prehistory fun day
* Burnham on Crouch and District Museum/Creeksea (22nd July) – walk and talk
* Mersea Island School (30th July) – lecture
* Wick Farm (23rd July) – walk and talk
* Chelmsford Museum (29th July) – archaeological activities day
* the Essex treasure trail, at Epping Forest Museum (15th July), Colchester Castle Museum (25th July), Saffron Walden Museum (27th July), and Chelmsford Museum (29th July) – bring finds along for identification, learn more about Treasure in Essex, ask your local Finds Liaison Officer questions, and have a go at fun, family-friendly activities.
The Trust maintains the Roman circus visitor centre on the ground floor of our HQ and it is open five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday), from April to September. Admission to the Roman circus site and visitor centre is free. A free printed quiz is available in the visitor centre. You can also view our archaeology volunteers processing pottery in our processing room, on some weekdays, through the glazed door of the ‘archaeology in action’ room. The visitor centre includes archaeological artefacts and material and some replica artefacts. We provide two guided tours of the Roman circus visitor centre and site on Saturdays (cost £3 per adult, accompanied children free).
We look forward to seeing you!
Visit the Festival web-site at www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/ . You can find the Essex events and see the details for each event by using the search facility at www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/whatson or at www.festivalofarchaeology.org/find-an-event .