July is the Council of British Archaeology’s Festival of British Archaeology. Over the next few weeks, Wessex Archaeology will be involved in a programme of informative and fun activities, through our own events and working with other organisations such as the New Forest Park Authority, Churches Conservation Trust and Salisbury Museum.
This year marks the 22nd CBA Festival of British Archaeology, the annual celebration of our heritage co-ordinated by the Council of British Archaeology.
The Festival showcases the very best of British archaeology, by presenting over 750 special events organised and hosted by museums, heritage organisations, national and countryside parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists across the UK. You don’t have to be an archaeologist to join in - the Festival gives everyone the opportunity to learn about their local heritage, see archaeology in action, and get hands on with history. Clickhere for the Festival's full event's listing.
For the festival Wessex Archaeology is running a Family Fun Day on the 21st of July as part of Project Florence, a Heritage Lottery Funded project highlighting archaeology in South Wiltshire. This event will involve visiting an ongoing excavation of an Anglo-Saxon burial site on Salisbury Plain Training Area, which is being run as part of Operation Nightingale, a rehabilitation programme for soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.
In addition, Wessex Archaeology is working with the Churches Conservation Trust, New Forest Park Authority and Salisbury Museum on their events.
All these events are FREE (some venue entry costs may apply) but for many booking is essential. Check out our Festival of British Archaeology webpages, by clicking here. Alternatively, click on the links below to get more details about individual events and find out how to book.
- Project Florence/Operation Nightingale excavation family fun day on Saturday 21st July (Heritage Lottery Fund)
- Archaeological survey and geophysicsat St, Andrews Church, Holcombe, Somerset from Monday 16th July to Saturday 21st July (Churches Conservation Trust and partners),
- Excavations at Buckler's Hard on Beaulieu Estate from Saturday 14th July to Sunday 22nd July (New Forest Park National Park)
- Discover Day at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum on Tuesday 24th July
See you there.