On Saturday 21 June the University of Nottingham Museum will be hosting a one-day event to showcase the incredible archaeological and historical work going on throughout Nottinghamshire. This free event is open to everyone.
34 local history and archaeology societies along with museums, regional archaeological units and heritage groups will be taking part with displays and exhibitions of their work. Moreover, there will be two large galleries full of archaeological material so people can come along and handle everything from Palaeolithic hand axes to Saxon pottery and learn how to identify Roman coins. There will also be the opportunity to have artefacts identified and with the Historic Environment Record and Portable Antiquities database present people can find out about archaeological work near where they live.
Clare Pickersgill, Keeper of the Museum, says: "This event is a great opportunity for us all to get to see all the amazing work taking place throughout the county, find out what is going on where we live and also to have the opportunity to handle material from a 250,000 year period."
A wide selection of groups are taking part including Ice Age Journeys who will be showing the evidence for flint tools found near Newark during the extension of the A46; the Nottingham Post Card Society; the Numismatic Society of Nottinghamshire; Trent and Peak Archaeology showing their excavations throughout the city and county; Laxton History Group discussing the only surviving medieval open field farming system in the whole of the country; the Nottingham Women’s History Group and Bestwood Winding Engine House from Bestwood Colliery.
Clare adds: "The large number and range of groups taking part will provide a wide overview of the history and archaeology of Nottinghamshire and there will certainly be something for everyone to find out about, enjoy and take part in."
The day will start with talks at 11am – 12.15pm and then from 12 – 4pm people can drop in and look round 4 large galleries of displays and activities.
Other events on the day include gallery tours of the Weston Gallery exhibition ‘All Quiet in the Weston Gallery’ showing the first world war collections in the University and Mark Patterson will be signing copies of his book on Roman Nottinghamshire.
The day is a Free drop-in event but the talks need to be booked on 0115 846 7777.
The Keeper of the Museum, Clare Pickersgill, is available for interview.
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