The theme for this year is ‘Pilgrims and Pageants’. Join Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum as we celebrate the Museum's 150th anniversary during the annual Festival of British Archaeology. Inspired by our summer exhibition Made in 1860, this free event has something for all ages and is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to explore Salisbury’s medieval past.
Families will have a chance to try out lots of hands-on activities such as creating a fantastic costume, mask, puppet and banner, and taking part in our medieval pageant at 3pm. There will also be a chance to have a go in our ‘mock’ medieval archaeological dig and make your very own souvenir pilgrim badge to take home.
There will be some very special guests joining us for the day including Channel 4’s Time Team archaeologist, Phil Harding. Phil, who works for Wessex Archaeology, will be talking about his experiences on the programme including his recent chance to finally excavate within his home city at Salisbury Cathedral. Plus meet the knights from the British Armour Plate Society who will be here all day doing battle in the museum’s garden. Watch them perform their foot tournaments, try on some armour, handle some medieval weapons and have a go at archery in ‘shoot the knight’. We will also be having the White Horse Morris Dancers here all day too!
Throughout the day there will also be the opportunity to go ‘Behind the Scenes’ of the museum and explore the Medieval City with a guided tour led by Margaret Smith, a Blue Badge Guide (booking required). The city tour also runs on Friday 16 July at 2.30pm, booking required.
Once again Wessex Archaeology, The Wiltshire Conservation Service and Salisbury Cathedral will be joining us to help create a wonderful day of activities. There is also a chance to bring along those unknown artefacts for the Wiltshire Finds Liaison Officer, who will help to identify your own archaeological discoveries.