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Peterborough Museum - Talk

'The inside story of the Becket Casket' by Diana Heath (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Saturday 1st December at 2pm
Thomas Becket is possibly the most famous saint from Great Britain, killed in cold blood in 1170. The Abbot of Peterborough commissioned the Becket Casket to hold relics of the murdered saint and took them to Peterborough for safe keeping in 1177. Find out more about this famous casket by the conservator who recently worked upon it. This talk includes aspects of its history, creation and conservation and includes a gallery tour of the Becket Casket itself – currently on loan to Peterborough Museum from the V&A.
Open to all. Tickets £3 per person. To book, please click here or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864 663.

 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Hold fast, hold firm, hold OUT: Millicent Garrett Fawcett and the campaign for women's suffrage' by Gill Sutherland
Monday 3rd December 2018 at 6pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'OA East's Excavation at Lamp Hill, Wimpole' by Paddy Lambert
Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Saturday 8th December between 10am - 3pm
Mill Common, Huntingdon
Archaeologists are excavating along the route of the Pathfinder Link Road into Huntingdon. This is revealing some Romano-British and Medieval remains including; a possible Roman Road, ditches and pits. Finds so far include; Romano-British, Medieval and Post Medieval pottery, animal bones and evidence for later activity and we are also hoping to find evidence from the Civil War and the Early Medieval period.
Free guided tours of the site will be available every 30 minutes from 10am – 12noon and 1pm until 2.30pm. Visitors should wear stout shoes - boots and warm clothing on site.
Visitors to the site on Mill Common (opposite Huntingdon Bus Station) will be able to see some of the finds so far, meet some of the archaeologists and find out more about the excavations along the A14.
For further information, contact: Steve Sherlock, Archaeology Lead A14 (07804 698322) or A14 Public information helpline (0800 270 0114).
*Please note there is no parking available on site
 

Monday 10th December 2018 at 7pm

Our first ever archaeology quiz will test your knowledge of archaeology – both local and further afield. You can arrange your own team of four – or just come along and we’ll organise you into groups.

Prize for the winners – and nibbles at half time. Refreshments available from the bar.

Free for FRAG members. Non-members welcome but please complete the registration form (https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/frag-archaeology-quiz/) so we can plan accordingly. A £5 charge applies for non-members.
 
 
Jigsaw Best Practice Guides
Throughout 2018, we are featuring a different Jigsaw resource guide each month to inform and inspire community archaeologists about best practice. Jigsaw has produced various guides on techniques for researching archaeological sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Flint Identification - an introductory guide to distinguishing deliberately modified from naturally occurring rocks.

 

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Folk Medicine and 'Doc' Rowlett in St Neots' by Liz Davies
Friday 2nd November 2018 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
What sort of alternative medicines did people rely upon before the introduction of the NHS in 1948? And what sort of medicines and cures were available from local folk healers? This talk looks at the remedies many people used at that time including the story of St Neots road sweeper, antique dealer and local folk medicine expert Alfred ‘Doc’ Rowlett.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)

 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Legacies of the First World War: discovering the archaeological traces of the Home Front' by Wayne Cocroft
Monday 5th November 2018 at 6pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.
 
Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The Snettisham Hoard' by Jody Joy (Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
Monday 5th November 2018 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS

At least 12 separate hoards of artefacts have been discovered at Snettisham, northwest Norfolk. Collectively they are known as the ‘Snettisham Treasure’ and form the largest deposit of gold, silver and bronze artefacts dating from the Iron Age found in Europe. A combined total of over 200 torcs, over 100 bracelet and ring ‘ingots’, large amorphous ingots, 234 coins and many fragments have been recovered, with a total weight of over 40 kilograms. In addition to its sheer quantity, the metalwork is famous for its quality of artistry and workmanship. Most of the hoards were buried 100–60 BC, and were found towards the centre of a large eight-hectare enclosure. Extensive excavations have failed to establish its purpose or date.

All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Landscape Archaeology - learning from documents: the example of a 14th century terrier from Wimpole' by Bill Franklin
Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Peterborough Museum - Talk
'The Barnack Beaker burial: The grave of an important man from the first age of metal' by Neil Wilkin (British Museum)
Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 7.30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
Discovered in 1974, the rich (4,200 year old) burial from Barnack, Cambridgeshire, has continued to yield secrets ever since. This talk presents recent research on the special set of objects that were placed with his body in the grave, including some of the most spectacular stone and gold objects found anywhere in Britain during this period: the first age of metal. It also presents the results from cutting edge scientific analysis of his human remains. These insights will then be set in the wider context of recent DNA studies that suggest the Barnack man belonged to a period of dramatic change that transformed Britain forever. Dr Neil Wilkin is Curator of the Bronze age collection at The British Museum.
Open to all. Tickets £3 per person. To book, please click here or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864 663.
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Talk
'The First Five years of Warboys Archaeology Project' by Roger Mould
Monday 12th November 2018 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Roger started the Warboys Archaeology Project in 2012. Training with professionals and practical experience with the Cambridgeshire lottery-funded Jigsaw group then led to their excavation of a large 16th century site.  Since then they have had considerable success in investigating local Iron Age and Roman sites. Their current challenge is to use their own recent lottery grant to unravel the mysteries of the exact whereabouts of the lost Ramsey Abbey.
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Autumn Conference
Recent archaeological work in Cambridgeshire
Saturday 17th November 2018
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
The Cambridge Antiquarian Society's Autumn Conference generally focuses on recent archaeological work in Cambridgeshire and is an opportunity to discuss local archaeological discoveries with staff from local contractors and members of community archaeology groups.
More information will be available on the CAS website in due course: http://www.camantsoc.org/conf.html 
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Herculaneum: an archaeological postcard from the Edge' by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 7:30pm
Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
 
FenArch - Monthly Talk
'Before the flood: the last upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of the Fenland' by Lawrence Billington (OA East)
Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB
Lawrence Billington s a Project Officer at Oxford Archaeology East and his talk will look at the early and middle period of the Stone Age in the Fens.
Admission: Members of the public are welcome to attend. Entry is £3 for non-members. Booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or Text: ‭07765 172450‬
 
Jigsaw Best Practice Guides
Throughout 2018, we are featuring a different Jigsaw resource guide each month to inform and inspire community archaeologists about best practice. Jigsaw has produced various guides on techniques for researching archaeological sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Historical Research Methods for Archaeologists - a guide for archaeologists wishing to conduct historical research
 

 

 

Wimpole Estate Excavation - Guided tours
Weekdays until Friday 14th September (except August bank holiday Monday) at 11:30am and 2:30pm
Open weekend: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018 between 10am and 4pm
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
This summer, Oxford Archaeology East will be excavating the site of a late Iron Age and Roman settlement ahead of the development of a new visitor centre and car park for the Wimpole Estate. Public engagement is an important part of our work as a registered educational charity, and we will be providing events and opportunities for visitors to view and understand the ongoing excavations. There will be two free ticketed guided tours of the site each weekday, as well as an exhibition of former archaeological finds in the mansion and a children's' archaeological trail around the parkland. Additional site tours and hands-on activities will take place during an open weekend on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018. More details will be announced nearer the time on the National Trust's website for the Wimpole Estate: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/features/archaeological-excavations-at-wimpole  
The dig is in the parkland which is free for all to access.
National Trust members - free to park. Members are reminded to get their membership card scanned at some point during their visit as Wimpole receives about £3.50 for every membership card scanned!
Non-members - £2 to park.
Guided tours are free but ticketed. Tickets available from the green tent by the Stable Block (or inside the ticket office if it's raining) on the day - advance booking is not available. Admission tickets are not required to attend the guided tours or access the excavation site but anyone wishing to visit the rest of Wimpole (house, farm, gardens) can go to the ticket office to buy an admission ticket.
 
Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly talk
'Baston Manor Pit: a middle Bronze Age and Roman landscape' by Rob Atkins (MOLA)
Monday 3rd September 2018 at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
Fieldwork at Baston took place over a 48ha area between 2002 and 2014. The site is located on the western Fen Edge at between 3m and 5m aOD. The main feature was a middle Bronze Age field system and settlement. A round house, pits, wells and a long routeway for moving and sorting cattle were uncovered. Remains of log ladders, buckets, and hurdles were also found. A small Roman settlement and routeway linked to the Car Dyke was also excavated.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Curse Tablets in Roman Britain' by Paddy Lambert (OAE)
Friday 7th September 2018 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
Curse tablets – the private messages which were never meant to be read, sent to the exotic gods who controlled all things. Over 300 curse tablets have been recovered from Roman Britain, which are unique in the entire Roman Empire. They provide a glimpse into a thoroughly ‘ancient & modern’, world, nearly 2000 years ago. From petty theft, to unrequited love, the curse tablets from Roman Britain were the ‘Ancient Romano-British Twitter’ of its time. Hear about the real Romans, warts and all!
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
 
HIAG/FEAG - Monthly talk
'A Landscape Through Time: Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme' by Tony Walsh (MHI)
Monday 10th September 2018 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Tony Walsh, one of four Project Managers for MOLA Headland Infrastructure working on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme on behalf of Highways England, discusses the archaeological findings from one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects, which brings together the skills and knowledge of over 250 archaeologists. This illustrated talk explores the evidence uncovered so far, including prehistoric henge monuments, industrial Roman kilns and Saxon settlements and will focus on the eastern end of the scheme near Cambridge. Also discover how you could get involved yourself in the future through community archaeology activities and take away information leaflets to share with friends.
Free admission.
 
Eddington Excavation, North West Cambridge Site
Saturday 15th September 2018 between 10am - 4pm
An open day for members of the public (including children) to visit, with exhibitions of some of the finds, information, activities for younger visitors and tours of the current areas of excavation.
For more information see the Open Eddington events listing: http://www.nwcambridge.co.uk/news/open-eddington-0
Free. All welcome.
 
And a date for the diary for Autumn 2018...
St Neots Local History Society - Talk
'Oliver Cromwell – Revolutionary State? Royal Palaces in Cromwell's England' by Simon Thurley (see attached poster)
Thursday 11th October at 7:30pm
Guest Hall, Priory Centre, St Neots, PE19 2BH
The execution of Charles I brought about the sale of the century. Royal palaces were sold, as were their contents. Just a small number of royal buildings were reserved for the republican regime. Oliver Cromwell was King in all but name and his need for magnificent residences and buildings was as great as any monarchs. In this talk he is shown in an unfamiliar light - interested in French furniture and fashions and holding court in princely style.
Simon Thurley is one of the country’s leading historians, and for thirteen years was Chief Executive of English Heritage. He is a regular broadcaster, presenting a number of television programmes on history, archaeology and architecture as well as author of several books.
All welcome. Cost £5 per person. Tickets available from St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots, PE19 1AE. Tel. 01480 214163 (or on the door, subject to availability)
 
The cover story of British Archaeology magazine is the archaeological discoveries made on the A14 http://new.archaeologyuk.org/british-archaeology-magazine
 
Throughout 2018, we are featuring a different Jigsaw resource guide each month to inform and inspire community archaeologists about best practice. Jigsaw has produced various guides on techniques for researching archaeological sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Medieval Pottery Identification - a more in-depth guide to Medieval pottery types found in Cambridgeshire
 

 

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk (Jointly with the Prehistoric Society)
'Rivers of Bronze: the eastern fens of East Anglia in the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age' by Rob Wiseman (OA East)
Monday 1st October 2018 at 6pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.
 
Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Nassington Roman Barn – Year 3' by Derek Roberts (MidNAG)
Monday 1st October 2018 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
FRAG members have been excavating a Roman Barn at Nassington in conjunction with MidNAG. Derek Roberts will provide details about the latest discoveries and what we are learning about agriculture, industry and daily life in the Nene valley during the Roman period.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Aspects of some recently excavated Anglo-Saxon cemeteries from Cambridgeshire' by Paul Spoerry (OA East)
Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The Relhan collection: recording south Cambridgeshire’s antiquities in the early 19th century' by Alison Taylor
Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 7:30pm
Landbeach Village Hall, 1 The Green, Landbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9FD
Richard Relhan was an apothecary who worked in Cambridge in the early 19th century and was able to devote time to travelling around south Cambridgeshire in a horse and cart, making water colour record drawings of attractive sites and buildings in many villages. There are over 300 of these drawings, many illustrating church monuments and scenes of topographic interest. Unusual items include Barnwell Priory and the Cellarers’ Chequer, Anglesey Abbey and Bartlow Hills. As the drawings were made before Victorian repairs etc were made to churches, and when memorials were still comparatively fresh, the drawings are a valuable historic record. They now belong to Cambridge Antiquarian Society. The University Library has digitised the drawings on behalf of the Society, whose members will prepare notes on many of the monuments recorded, and all will be made publicly available.
Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
 
Longthorpe Tower - Medieval Experience Day
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018
10am, 12.30pm and 3pm daily
Have you ever wanted to time travel and become a valiant knight or fine noble lady? Now's your opportunity with this very special event at Longthorpe Tower. You'll be dressed in authentic medieval costume before getting to sample medieval food, have a go at traditional crafts, make medieval cures, and try on a suit of armour – with the help of your very own squire of course! Sessions last 2 hours and each workshop only has 4 places - so booking is essential! £15 per person, over 18s only.
To book, please call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email longthorpe.tower@vivacity.org
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Talk
'Pre-Construct Archaeology: Recent Surprises in East Anglian Commercial Archaeology' by Mark Hinman (Pre-Construct Archaeology)
Monday 8th October 2018 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
This talk will counter the commonly espoused view that ‘surely archaeologists have found everything there is to find by now’ with Mark’s own impression from a career in commercial archaeology  that ‘we have barely scratched the surface of British archaeology’ . He will use some of the finds from the last 7 years at PCA’s Cambridge office to illustrate this.
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
 
St Neots Local History Society - Talk
'Revolutionary State? Royal Palaces in Cromwell's England' by Dr Simon Thurley
Thursday 11th October 2018 at 7:30pm
Guest Hall, Priory Centre, St Neots, PE19 2BH
The execution of Charles I brought about the sale of the century. Royal palaces were sold, as were their contents. Just a small number of royal buildings were reserved for the republican regime. Oliver Cromwell was King in all but name and his need for magnificent residences and buildings was as great as any monarchs. In this talk he is shown in an unfamiliar light - interested in French furniture and fashions and holding court in princely style.
Simon Thurley is one of the country’s leading historians, and for thirteen years was Chief Executive of English Heritage. He is a regular broadcaster, presenting a number of television programmes on history, archaeology and architecture as well as author of several books.
All welcome. Cost £5 per person. Tickets available from St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots, PE19 1AE. Tel. 01480 214163 (or on the door, subject to availability)
 
Witham Archaeology - Finds Display
Sunday 14th October 2018 between 2:30pm and 4pm
Display of archaeological finds by Witham Archaeology
Rampton Village Hall, Church End, Rampton CB24 8QA
Finds from an archaeological dig carried out in Rampton in January this year will be on display along with finds from HEFA test pitting in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Fen Edge Archaeology Group’s test-pitting display will also be on show. During January 2018 Witham Archaeology carried out an archaeological dig in advance of development at 31 High Street, Rampton. Finds from the dig show that the site was occupied mainly during the 12th and 13th centuries. Ditches found at the site probably formed boundaries to a toft which fronted onto the High Street. Finds included pottery, quern stones and animal bone, which came mainly from a cluster of pits on an area of slightly higher ground. The environmental samples from the site show it was a place where people were living rather than farming. The decline in activity at the site after the 13th century is similar to that identified by the HEFA test pit surveys. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds to the Friends of All Saints’ Church.
Everyone welcome. Admission free – drop in at any time.
 
Peterborough Museum - Talk
'Peterborough Abbey and the Peterborough Chronicles' by Nicholas Karn (University of Southampton)
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at 7.30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from Peterborough is not just a book, for it tells us much about the monks' ideas on identity, place and nation. There were other chronicles and histories written at Peterborough, more than at almost all other English abbeys. These often tell a more local story, about the monks and their links to local society, about the great men who passed through, and about the holy and not-so-holy abbots who ruled the place. Dr Nicholas Karn, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton and an expert on Benedictine monasticism.
 
FenArch - Monthly Talk
'A Landscape through time: Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme' by Tony Walsh (MOLA Headland)
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB
This illustrated talk explores the evidence uncovered so far, including Neolithic henge-like monuments, industrial Roman kilns and Saxon settlements. Tony Walsh is one of four Project Managers for MOLA Headland Infrastructure working on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme on behalf of Highways England. He will discuss the fascinating archaeological findings from one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects, which has brought together the skills and knowledge of over 250 archaeologists.
Admission: Free to all, but booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or Text: ‭07765 172450‬
 
Peterborough Museum - Exhibition
Treasures Exhibition
Open 10am-4pm (except Mondays during term time and Christmas) until Sunday 9th January 2018,
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, PE1 1LF
National treasures with a connection to the Peterborough area from institutions around the country (including the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum) are being displayed together at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery for the first time ever.
Each of the treasures on display has either been found in or has a very strong link to Peterborough, such as the Water Newton Treasure found at Durobrivae (Ancient Roman Peterborough) and the Casket of St Thomas Becket which was commissioned by Abbot Benedict of Peterborough in 1177.
Free to all.
 
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society News
The Cambridge Antiquarian Society have published the latest edition of The Conduit, a guide to Cambridgeshire's local history and archaeology organisations, societies, events and lectures for September 2017 - August 2019. It is available to download as a PDF from their website here. Please note that the CAS Autumn Conference on 'Recent archaeological work in Cambridgeshire' takes place on Saturday 17th November 2018. More details will be available on the CAS website here in due course.
 
 
Community Volunteer Archaeologist Resource Review
A reminder that Oxford Archaeology is currently undertaking a review of community archaeology 'how to' guides on behalf of New Forest National Park Authority, as part of their 'Our Past, Our Future' Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We have launched an online survey aimed at community volunteer archaeologists who undertake supervised or self-guided archaeological projects, either as part of a community group or as an individual. We are interested in finding out what about where you currently seek guidance on investigating archaeological sites and what you find useful.Here is a link to the online survey: http://surveys.oxfordarchaeology.com/index.php/497754/lang-en The survey will be open until midnight on Sunday 7th October 2018. The review is not about ranking or critiquing existing guidance but getting an understanding of what exists, what is accessible and what volunteers and community groups engage with. It is hoped that this review will be of interest to the wider archaeological sector and help to inform the creation of new resources in the future. Please could you circulate the survey to your contacts in community archaeology and encourage people to respond. If there are people without computer access we would appreciate it if some assistance could be provided for them to complete the survey as we would value their feedback. You can indicate at the end of the survey about whether you would like to be contacted about the results of the survey and our research into community archaeology resources. If you have any questions or queries about the review please contact: community@oxfordarch.co.uk or 01223 850515
 
 
Jigsaw Best Practice Guides
Throughout 2018, we are featuring a different Jigsaw resource guide each month to inform and inspire community archaeologists about best practice. Jigsaw has produced various guides on techniques for researching archaeological sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: A Basic Introduction to Archaeological Excavation - an introduction to setting up and running an archaeological excavation
 

Wimpole Estate Excavation - Guided tours
Weekdays from Tuesday 14th August - Friday 14th September (except August bank holiday Monday) at 11am and 2pm
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
This summer, Oxford Archaeology East will be excavating the site of a late Iron Age and Roman settlement ahead of the development of a new visitor centre and car park for the Wimpole Estate. Public engagement is an important part of our work as a registered educational charity, and we will be providing events and opportunities for visitors to view and understand the ongoing excavations. There will be two free ticketed guided tours of the site each weekday, as well as an exhibition of former archaeological finds in the mansion and a children's' archaeological trail around the parkland. More details will be announced nearer the time on the National Trust's website for the Wimpole Estate: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate 
Guided tours are free but ticketed. Tickets available from the Stable Block on the day.
 
Ramsey Abbey Community Archaeology Project - Open Weekend
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August between 10:00am - 4pm
Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG
A chance to view ongoing excavations in the grounds of Ramsey College, the site of a Benedictine Abbey. The Ramsey Abbey Community Project have carried out a large area of geophysical survey and are now investigating the results of this survey thanks to the generoisty of National Lottery players and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The archaeological work will be carried out by volunteers with the Ramsey Abbey Community Project with the guidance and support of archaeologists from OA East. Members of the public are welcome to visit during the middle weekend of the two week excavation. On Sunday 19th August, have a go at making your own medieval tile with a tile maker.
Free. All welcome.
 
And a date for the diary for Autumn 2018...
St Neots Local History Society - Talk
'Oliver Cromwell – Revolutionary State? Royal Palaces in Cromwell's England' by Simon Thurley (see attached poster)
Thursday 11th October at 7:30pm
Guest Hall, Priory Centre, St Neots, PE19 2BH
The execution of Charles I brought about the sale of the century. Royal palaces were sold, as were their contents. Just a small number of royal buildings were reserved for the republican regime. Oliver Cromwell was King in all but name and his need for magnificent residences and buildings was as great as any monarchs. In this talk he is shown in an unfamiliar light - interested in French furniture and fashions and holding court in princely style.
Simon Thurley is one of the country’s leading historians, and for thirteen years was Chief Executive of English Heritage. He is a regular broadcaster, presenting a number of television programmes on history, archaeology and architecture as well as author of several books.
All welcome. Cost £5 per person. Tickets available from St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots, PE19 1AE. Tel. 01480 214163 (or on the door, subject to availability)