Festival of Archaeology 2017

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire are taking part in the Festival of Archaeology 2017 with a range of events. Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists. Tickets can be booked by calling or visiting Market Hall Museum on 01926 412500, County Record Office on 01926 738959 or click here to book online.

Show and Tell Talk : The Ancient Craft of Metalworking

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 19th July 1 pm to 1.30 pm

F​ind out more about the ancient craft of metalworking. Our Curator of Human History will take you back in time to explore the creative skills of the bronzesmith in Prehistoric Warwickshire.​  FREE, no need to book.

Bidford on Avon: Where Else Would you Find a Stone Age Cult Centre?

Market Hall Museum – Thursday 20th July 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

The recent excavation and ongoing analysis of a 4000 year old henge complex has important ramifications for the study of Neolithic communities, religion and ceremonial practises. This session with Stuart Palmer, Manager of Archaeology Warwickshire, will explore what we knew beforehand, what was found and what the implications for future research might be. Cost: £5

St John’s Hospital, Lichfield: a Black and White Medieval Cemetery

Market Hall Museum – Monday 24th July 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Recent building work encountered part of a medieval cemetery at St John’s Almshouses in Lichfield, which included at least two black people of African descent. This fascinating discovery challenges many preconceptions about medieval society and even perhaps what it is to be British. Find out more with Dr Cathy Coutts: Senior Archaeologist with Archaeology Warwickshire. Cost: £5


Ashlawn Road, Hillmorton: 3000 years at Ridgeway Farm

Market Hall Museum – Thursday 27th July 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Excavations have revealed a complex landscape of Bronze Age pit-alignment boundaries, Iron Age settlement and Roman enclosures. The site is remarkable for the preservation of organic remains which will provide a unique glimpse of the changing local environment in the later prehistoric and Roman periods and a series of Roman pottery kilns which were in use in the First Century AD.  Come and hear more from Nigel Page, Archaeological Project Officer with Archaeology Warwickshire. Cost: £5