The Past Beneath Your Feet: Archaeology and History in Leicestershire

  • Free family day of history and archaeology events
  • Where: University of Leicester
  • When: Midday to 5.00pm, Saturday 12 January 2013

Join archaeologists and historians from the University of Leicester and elsewhere for a family day of free public events on Saturday 12 January 2013. There will be talks by well-known archaeologists from series such as Time Team, historical re-enactments, 'hands-on' activities, exhibits, a chance to find out about local and national organisations, the latest news about the University's search for Richard III - and you can even bring your own archaeological finds along to learn more about them. All events are completely free and the day is suitable for even the youngest historian or archaeologist.

'The Past Beneath Your Feet: Archaeology and History in Leicestershire' is being held to coincide with the annual conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), being held at the University of Leicester this week, and has been generously sponsored by Minelab.

SHA logo          Minelab logo

Found something? Bring it along

Whether you spend every weekend with your metal detector or you just dug up something interesting in your garden, if you have found an archaeological artefact and want to know more about it, bring it along on 12 January. Experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme will be on hand to look at what you've unearthed.

Attending the event

The event opens with a lecture by Francis Pryor at 12 o'clock in the Peter Williams lecture theatre. At 1pm the exhibition in the O2 Academy will open. The O2 Academy main entrance is on Mayors Walk, off University Road, and is located at the back of the Percy Gee building which is the Student Union. The Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, is located in the Fielding Johnson building, South Wing; the entrance is not through the library! Signage will be set between both buildings and by the main entrances onto campus.

A  timetable of the day's activities can be downloaded here.

Directions to the University of Leicester

Free parking will be available on the day at Freeman's Common, just off Welford Road. If you have any access needs, please contact the event organisers: disabled parking spaces are available on the main campus.

Refreshments will be available on the day and include Starbucks, 1923 (a restaurant), and the University Student's Union shop.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Debbie Miles-Williams ( and Richard Thomas ( Why not also let us know you are coming via our Facebook event page?

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