University of Leicester to host regional launch of the Festival of British Archaeology

Posted by ap507 at Jul 03, 2015 09:52 AM |
Public encouraged to experience archaeology for themselves at free event on Saturday 4 July

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 3 July 2015

A talk by Mathew Morris from the Richard III excavation team and a ‘Roman drill session’ are just two of the events taking place at this year’s regional launch of the Festival of British Archaeology.

The University of Leicester is hosting the free event for the first time from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 4 July and throughout the day visitors will be able to watch demonstrations, meet historical re-enactors, get their hands on archaeological material and listen to talks by experts.

Debbie Miles-Williams, of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University, said: “This is a great opportunity to talk to over 22 exhibitors from archaeologists to historians from across the East Midlands, see demonstrations and meet re-enactors and handle archaeological material.

“There will also be an opportunity to listen to talks by two experts - Mike Heyworth from the Council for British Archaeology and Mathew Morris of the Richard III excavation team. And visitors can even take part in a Roman Drill sessions outside the University’s Fielding Johnson Building!”

The launch event aims to give the public a taste of the activities that will be taking place across the county over the Festival of British Archaeology from Saturday 11 July to Sunday 26 July.  The two-week Festival, which is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology  is celebrating its 25th anniversary and includes over 1,000 events across the country which aim to encourage the public to explore the archaeology of their local area, watch experts at work, and experience archaeology for themselves.

The Festival of British Archaeology Launch East Midlands takes place at the University of Leicester campus on Saturday 4 July, from 11am to 4pm in the Percy Gee building. The event is free. 

Talks by guest lecturers will take place from 12.30pm to 1pm (Mike Heyworth from the Council for British Archaeology) and 2pm to 3pm (Mathew Morris and the Greyfriars Project). Roman drill sessions will take place at 11.45am and 1.30pm.

For more information about the two-week Festival of British Archaeology 2015 go to:


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