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Opening the Doors to the Public

1174 WA environmental archaeology department

On Wednesday 17th July 2013, Wessex Archaeology opened the doors of our head office in Salisbury for a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into the diverse nature of our work.  
 
As part of the Festival of Archaeology 2013, members of the public were given the opportunity to learn more about all aspects of archaeology by speaking to a range of specialists and touring our unique building, Portway House (RAF training centre, and medical block), built in the 1930s as part of the airfield complex. 
 
Tour groups visited our environmental archaeology department, drawing office and finds lab and were shown around each area by the relevant experts. They also heard talks about the history of Portway House, archaeological conservation and terrestrial and marine geophysics. 
 
The day was a great success and enjoyed by all. Positive feedback included:
Brilliant open day! Very informative.
Very interesting building and experts within.
Fascinating – lots more please!
 
 
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