Wiltshire Archaeology and Conservation Fair

on Thursday, 27 June 2013.

On Sunday 14th July the History Centre is hosting a Wiltshire-wide event for this years’ Festival of Archaeology. The Archaeology and Conservation teams have joined forces to organise an event which will give visitors plenty of opportunities to get more involved in archaeology in Wiltshire. Whether you want to join a club, attend a course, volunteer, gain work experience, have a go at field work or just find out more about this fascinating subject this free event has it all.

With 20 organisations bringing stands the fair will have plenty to interest visitors of all ages including activities for children, objects to handle and information from university courses, archaeological units, world heritage sites, the Young Archaeologists’ Clubs and the Council for British Archaeology. A full list of organisations attending the fair can be found on our events page.

A highlight of the day will be guided tours of our state-of-the-art conservation labs. The labs work on recently excavated finds from across the country and objects held in Wiltshire Museums. Visitors can find out about the fascinating and varied work of our conservators who conserve objects from prehistory to post-second world war. Anyone considering a career in conservation can find out more about how to pursue their interest. See some of the objects currently being conserved, including a large Romano-British storage jar from Highworth which will be the subject of a short talk.

The archaeology service invites you to explore the new Historic Environment Record and discover more about their work looking after the extraordinary archaeology of Wiltshire. County Archaeologist, Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, will give a talk on some recent archaeological discoveries and her colleague Claire King will close the talks programme with a presentation on 2 early Iron Age hoards that were recently discovered in south Wiltshire.

Other talks on the day include getting involved in hands-on archaeology, Finding the Forgotten First World War project, recent aerial and geo-physical surveys in the county and dating your house. You can see the full talks programme, with start times for each talk, on our events page.

For further information please see our events page, our FB page and follow us on twitter using #archfair (details below).

 Laurel Miller
Education officer

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