Festival Of Archaeology

23 July 2022
An archaeology event full of activities for the whole family featuring two of the amazing Roman heads from the recent excavation at Stoke Mandeville church.

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Find out how the Romans influenced Britain, meet some Roman characters, hear stories of the Romans and Celts, listen to Dr Rachel Wood describe the surprising and remarkable Roman statue heads discovery, try your hand at archaeology and much more!

Please note that our Festival of Archaeology event is on the 23 July ONLY and the talks and activities are free. You will not need to buy a ticket for these, but entry is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For the talks, please come to reception on the day to book your free place subject to availability.

 

Viewing the Roman Statue Heads

If you would like to view the Roman Statue Heads, which will be on display in our NEW Discover Bucks galleries from 16 July, you will need to buy a Discover Pass (kids are free), or an Explorer Pass (One day Museum + Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery entry). If you are visiting on our Festival of Archaeology Day please select the 23 July on the booking calendar.

By agreement with HS2 Ltd, for a very limited time, two of the nationally important statue heads will have their first public display at the museum, before they have to return to the archaeologists for more research and conservation.

 

 

Festival of Archaeology day Line Up

10.30am: Join Amy Pryke of Tales from the Hart tell wonderful Roman and Iron Age tales

(aimed at children, but all welcome)

 

11.15am: A Surprising and Remarkable Site: St Mary’s Church Churchyard, Stoke Mandeville. A talk by Dr Rachel Wood

The site of St Mary’s church is one that presented a unique opportunity to excavate the demolished remains of a medieval church and churchyard. Archaeologists working ahead of the HS2 scheme hoped to find out more about the lives of the inhabitants of Stoke Mandeville throughout the medieval period. However the landscape had a much greater and amazing story to tell. The works uncovered the remains of what is thought to be a Roman mausoleum directly under the church as well as three remarkably preserved stone busts that graced international headlines. Dr Rachel Wood will tell the story of this fascinating site and the discoveries that were made along the way.

The talk has limited spaces and will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please come to reception on the day to book your free place subject to availability. 

(aimed at adults, but all welcome)

 

12noon: Join Amy Pryke of Tales from the Hart tell wonderful Roman and Iron Age tales

(aimed at children but all welcome)

 

Between 10am and 1.30pm: Meet a Roman, find out what life was like (and get a selfie #FestivalofArchaeology) with a Roman Soldier, a noble woman, a slave and Boudicca (because, why not?). Dig for archaeological finds in our special pits. Take part in our pottery dating activity with Brett our Keeper of Archaeology plus much more!

 

2pm: The Living and the Dead – an Anglo-Saxon cemetery near Wendover, Bucks. A talk by Dr Rachel Wood.

As part of the archaeological works for the HS2 scheme, archaeologists have made an astounding discovery near Wendover. Throughout 2020 and 2021 a specialist team worked to uncover 141 burials that contain an amazing array of grave goods. These included jewellery, a sword, spears, shield bosses, knives, grooming kits, beads, glass vessels and buckets, to name a few. The objects date the burials to the 5th and 6th centuries, a period for which the archaeological and written records are sparse. Dr Rachel Wood will tell the story of this nationally important discovery and what we understand of the site so far.

Please be warned that the presentation will contain images of Human Remains (Skeletons).

The talk has limited spaces and will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please come to reception on the day to book your free place subject to availability. 

(aimed at adults, but all welcome)

Find out more about this exciting discovery here.

 

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Find out more about the amazing discovery of the Roman Statues and the conservation of them with Brooke Pollio, archaeological conservator from LP Archaeology.

 

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Find out more about this fantastic find here

 

 

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