Archaeology Festival 2019


Join the Investigate Learning team across the sites for a fantastic and varied week of events from Tuesday 28th May!

Archaeology Festival starts on Tuesday 28th May at The Collection for a family friendly day which will celebrate the archaeology of Lincolnshire. It will include free pop up talks and there will be interesting stalls for you to interact with. Crafts for children of all ages and archaeological dig workshops which you will be able to book and sign up for on the day will also run.  Crafts £2, Archaeological dig workshop £3.

Wednesday 29th May sees the return of the Archaeology conference, Archaeology Lincs at The Collection.  It includes five talks mainly themed around Lincolnshire's archaeology or sites further afield that can help us better understand sites in the county.  Tickets are £25 and the booking form  (including the provisional timetable) is avaliable as a download below. Bookings close Monday 20th May 2019 and details on how to book are included on the form.

Thursday 30th May sees the action move uphill as the Museum of Lincolnshire Life as they host a Battlefield Archaeology Day. This is a family friendly event day themed around World War One and will include chances for artefact handling during free sessions. Some crafts will also be avaliable at £2. 

Friday 31st May sees Archaeology Festival  go out of Lincoln to Gainsborough Old Hall, where you will have the rare chance to handle some Tudor and Stuart artefacts in the main hall at 10am- 12noon and then again at 1pm-3:30pm (normal admission prices apply). Within Lincoln, Archaeology Festival is also taking place at the Heritage Skills Centre, at Lincoln Castle.  There will be archaeology handling sessions where you can explore objects found during recent excavations at Lincoln Castle; and meet the Historic Environment Skills archaeology trainees. There will also be special tours at 10:30am and 2pm which will look at some of the often overlooked and hidden pieces of medieval carving around the site. The guided tours are £3.50 and tickets are avaliable online here.  

On Saturday 1st June the festival continues with a Posterngate tour. This is your chance to visit the late-Roman Posterngate under Saltergate in Lincoln. Visits are limited to 30 minutes and 20 people per tour. The enterance is at Saltergate where you can buy tickets on the day. £3 adults, £2 children (aged 5-16), under 5s free.