Family archaeology day at Wallingford Museum
South East | Oxfordshire
Sat 22nd Jul 2017
Family archaeology day at Wallingford Museum
Periods: Saxons and Vikings, Medieval
Exhibition or displayHands-on activityFinds identification or archaeological skillsExcavation visitFamily fun

A small archaeological excavation will be taking place in the Museum courtyard and you’ll be able learn all about how archaeology is done from the experts. You’ll also be able to take part in some ‘hands-on’ work - pot-washing, sieving, and much more! Then you can find out how to begin to identify the sort of pottery that helps to date the finds from archaeology and even try making your own pots for fun!

There’ll be a display of things found in past years in the Museum courtyard, including pictures of the medieval fireplace found in 2016 and the rare medieval chess piece which is now on display at the Museum!

We’ll also have pictures and some details of the recently found Roman villa site at Cholsey (excavated by Foundation Archaeology) and the archaeology that has been happening under the old Waitrose site in St Martin’s Street (excavated by Cotswold Archaeology).

You’ll be able to explore the delights of the Museum - find the Roman skeleton, the woolly mammoth bones, spearheads, daggers, stones from the lost Priory; handle the cannon ball, search the ‘smelly-feely’ drawers, and complete a quiz sheet - plenty to interest and occupy the whole family!

Of course, you can also have a good look at this year’s special museum exhibitions where you can find out what Wallingford Castle looked like. The 'Pettits: past to present' exhibition gives a history of Wallingford's department store; and the 'Ways to Wallingford' exhibition looks at the development of transport to and from the town over the ages, including the importance of RAF Benson which was established just before the Second World War. There are more displays about 'At home with the Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie’, and Midsomer Murders (Wallingford is Causton in the TV series).
So there’s plenty of family entertainment for this special archaeology day!

Event details

Organiser: Walllngford Museum
Booking details: You do not need to book this event
Fee details: Entry is by Museum ticket at the door - £5 per adult (which gives unlimited entry until 30 November) but accompanied children are FREE.

Dates and times

Sat 22nd Jul 2017 11:00-16:00

Venues and locations

Wallingford Museum
Flint House
52 High Street
OX10 0DB

Tel: 01491-835065

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