Festival of Archaeology

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 10:00 to Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 17:00


Main event, no booking required.

Marquee talks, booking required


Main event £1 donation

Marquee talks: £6 per talk

The Salisbury Museum is hosting its very own Festival of Archaeology over the weekend of 18/19 July.

All are invited to come and enjoy a colourful showground of archaeology and living history in the Museum grounds. A market place of hands on experiences awaits and the opportunity to meet famous archaeologists too. The weekend will feature a series of inspiring, educational and entertaining talks in our Marquee Theatre in front of the Museum. These will be given by some of the biggest names in archaeology today.

The programme for the weekend looks like this:

“If only they could talk” … the archaeological analysis of human bone 

Jaqueline McKinley regular contributor to television including ‘Time Team’ and ‘Digging for Britain’, Senior Osteoarchaeologist, Wessex Archaeology (Saturday at 10.30am)


The Grey Friars project: the identification of the remains of King Richard III  Dr Turi King, Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester (Saturday at 12.00 noon)


‘An Object that Changed my Life’ (One) (Saturday at 2.30pm) A rare opportunity to hear about life changing discoveries and their influence on these famous archaeologists. 

Panel: Dr Turi King Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester; Julian Richards - archaeologist, writer and broadcaster, including ‘Meet the Ancestors’; Chair: Mike Pitts - archaeologist, journalist and editor of ‘British Archaeology Magazine’, 


‘An Object that Changed my Life’ (Two) (Saturday at 4.00pm)

The second sitting of revealing and entertaining insights from famous archaeologists. An opportunity not to be missed.

Panel: Alex Langlands - archaeologist, historian and presenter including ‘Edwardian Farm’; Cassie Newland – historical archaeologist and presenter including ‘ Coast’; Phil Harding - archaeologist including work for ‘Time Team’; Chair: Mike Pitts - archaeologist, journalist and editor of ‘British Archaeology Magazine’, 


‘Farming the past: behind the scenes in Edwardian, Victorian and Wartime Farms’ Dr Alex Langlands (Sunday at 1.30pm)


Professor Alice Roberts, in conversation with John Farren (Sunday at 3.30pm)

If documentaries on archaeology, history and science are your passion, don’t miss this unique opportunity to get a glimpse behind the camera from two pillars of documentary television. 


Further details on talks can be found here.

Buy tickets for the talks online through this website. Booking early to avoid disappointment!


The Show-ground includes:

Jonathan Weeks - A wandering minstrel, Wiltshire Museum, English Heritage, Salisbury Cathedral Education Department, The Ancient Wessex Network, Salisbury Cathedral Stonemasons, National Trust – Stonehenge, Ancient Technology Centre, Phil Harding, Avon valley Archaeological Society, Wessex Academy for Field Archaeology (WAFA), Young Archaeologists Club (YAC), Council for British Archaeology Wessex, Weorod Saxons, Hector Cole  - Archaeological Blacksmith, The Companions of the Longbow, Ancient Music, The Outside - dyers and weavers , Pitt Rivers Museum, Andante Travels, Wessex Archaeology.


And finally, here is the schedule of talks in the Museum Hall. (These talks operate on a first come, first served basis, and are included in the cost of the £1 donation for entry.)


Talks in the Museum Hall

Saturday 18 July

10.30 – 11.30  Chris Elmer ‘Dig Basing

12.00 – 13.00 Julian Richards ‘Introducing WAFA’

13.30 – 14.00 ‘Meet General Pitt-Rivers’ A dramatic presentation (10 mins)

14.30 – 15.30 Henry Chapman ‘Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project’

15.30 – 16.00  ‘Meet General Pitt-Rivers’ A dramatic presentation (10 mins)

16.00 – 17.00  Ancient Technology Centre ‘ The Stonehenge Neolithic Huts Project


Sunday 19 July

11.30 – 12.30  Richard Osgood ‘Operation Nightingale’

13.00 – 14.00  Miles Russell ‘The Durotriges Big Dig Project’

14.30 – 15.30  Laura Joyner ‘Twitter, Trowels and Tripods’

15.30 – 16.00 ‘Meet General Pitt-Rivers’ A dramatic presentation 




Venue: All Museum »