Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Festival of Archaeology

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Castle Park Walk

Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology 2017

Saturday 15th July to Sunday 30th July

Take part in the UK’s largest archaeology festival and help Bring Our Past to Life!  The two-week long Festival, part of the Council of British Archaeology’s nationwide Festival of Archaeology 2017, once again proudly offers the biggest programme of events anywhere in the UK.

Between Saturday 15th and Sunday 30th July 80 events will be held across Leicestershire and Rutland celebrating the rich and fascinating archaeological heritage of the two counties.  The programme is packed with family friendly activities, guided walks, talks, displays and have-a-go events.  There are displays, talks, family friendly events, have a go events and, of course, guided walks.

If you wish to get a programme leaflet posted to you please email us using the contact page from this website.

This is the Festival PDF leaflet. Festival 2017 Programmev4 (version 4 – 19th July 2017 with additional events at end and other amendments made).  It is in a different format to the leaflet and comprises 10 pages of A4, mostly black and white printing apart from headings.  The Events are listed in date order under sub-headings as per the main leaflet.  This leaflet will be kept up to date and and an updated version will be uploaded here as changes happen but please see our Home web page for any day to day updates.  (also below but note the Home page gets updated first). Also downloadable as a PDF page here Festival additional & changed

CONTACT CHANGED: Little Known Leicestershire, Thursday 27th July, 7.30 – 9pm, St Peter’s, Church Langton, LE16 7SX.  A talk by Bob Trubshaw.  The phone number given is for Jewry Wall Museum – instead please phone 01858 545160 or email Ros Folwell on for any questions and to give notice of attendance so refreshments can be prepared. (added 19th July

ADDITIONAL EVENT: Time Team in Leicestershire. Friday 21st July.  12.00 – 13.00.  Hinckley Library, Lancaster Road, Hinckley LE10 0AT.  Join Peter Liddle for the inside story of Time Team’s Leicestershire programmes.  This includes the Anglo-Saxon settlement at Stonton Wyville, the Anglo-Saxon cemetary at West Langton and the Norman and medieval site at Groby Old Hall.  Book at library on 0116 305 2500.  Library member £3, non-member £4.50. (added 14th July)

ADDITIONAL EVENT: Bosworth LinksSaturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July. 11am – 3pm. The Archaeology of Market Bosworth: Join in the activities on the parish field (CV13 0LL). See and handle a variety of archaeological finds, Learn more about the test pit excavations and visit some of the test pits between 1pm and 3pm, watch a metal detecting display and learn more about this, bring the family along to take part in children’s activities.  Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. (Added 11th July.)

CANCELLED EVENT:  Archaeological Illustration Workshop: New Walk Museum.  Sunday 23rd July: 11.30 and 2pm.  We are sorry but this event has been cancelled as the tutor is unable to attend. (Added 11th July.)

ADDITIONAL EVENT: The Great Gargoyle Hunt – Leicester All Saints’ Church, 107 Highcross St, Leicester LE1 4PH.  Date: 24th July 2017.  Time: 11:00-16:00.  Free event – donations appreciated.  See how many scary faces you can spot, then make your own to take home! How many will you spot? Use our new Explorer Sacks to hunt for gargoyles and grotesques, hidden around All Saints’ Church. Then use what you’ve found to inspire you to create a clay grotesque of your very own, to take home. This family event is suitable for ages. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.  (Added 29th June 2017)

ADDITIONAL TIME: Industrial Heritage of the Newarke Area, Leicester,  Sunday 16th July –  Due to the popularity of this talk an additional time of 11am – 1pm has been scheduled as the 2pm- 4pm time is now full.  Essential to ring the organiser if you wish to book a place.

ADDITIONAL EVENT:  27th July – Roman Mosaics of Leicestershire – two talks by Dr Susan Tebby at Lutterworth Museum at 11.30am and 2.30pm.  Admission £2.00.  Also display of finds from Tripontium and ‘Dress up as a Roman’ for children.  Museum open all day.  Print page 9 again if you already have printed a copy.

Printable online programme updated 6 June 2017 – talk in Hinckley taken out from ‘Before the Festival’ as it was left over in error from last year’s programme. Hinckley’s talk is actually on 24th July and is about Must Farm.  One not to be missed – this is the most important site for the Bronze Age ever found in England.

Here is the leaflet as it has actually been printed. Festival Leaflet as printed.  Please note however that as it is in colour and should really be printed as A3 x 2.  If you print it in A4 (Using Adobe Reader use Poster format and it will print as 4x A4 per A3 page) the type will be small though it is readable.  It will print on 2 A4 pages and there is a lot of colour. Festival leaflet A3.  It cannot be updated.

We will put changes and additions to any events on to the front page of the Fieldworkers Website whilst the Festival is on.  Please check on our website before going to any event.   We will also advertise events on our Home page as individual items.  If you want us to to this for your event please contact us via the this website contact page.

All the events are also on the national Archaeology Festival website run by the Council for British Archaeology.  Here you can also find events that are happening in all the UK on a county basis.  You can also find events on the new mobile app website from the CBA


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