Festival of Archaeology

Festival of Archaeology | Events

13-28 July 2024

Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.

This year our Festival of Archaeology theme will be Archaeology and Community

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2024 – the perfect opportunity for us all to celebrate the incredible grassroots groups, societies and individuals that share a passion for archaeology across the UK.

At its heart, archaeology is all about people and how we explore and interpret the past through the lens of the present day. Archaeology has the unique ability to bring people from all walks of life together through our shared sense of community – what it meant in the past, what it means to us now, and how we can shape our future.

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Dorset Museum & Art Gallery has a plan of activities, tours, and talks during the festival. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history of our county and explore the wonders of the past.

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  • Opening hours:

    Dorset Museum & Art Gallery
    Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm

    TASTE Café
    Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Programme of events

Festival of Archaeology | Lecture

25 July 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Reimagining Roundhouses | Trevor Creighton

In this special lecture for the 2024 Festival of Archaeology, Trevor Creighton will discuss the way in which we have come to form our ideas of what late prehistoric roundhouses were like, and why we need to reimagine them.

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Relaxed Opening

27 July 2024, 9:00am - 10:00am

Relaxed Opening

Explore the Museum and take part in drop-in activities during our relaxed openings. Especially suitable for visitors with autism or other sensory conditions, and their siblings, parents and carers. The sessions are also suitable for any group or individual who would like to visit our museums and galleries at a quieter time.

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