July sees the annual Festival of British archaeology, and we are putting on two special events as part of this:
Behind the Scenes Tour - Wed 16 July, 2:30-4:00pm
We have another opportunity to take you behind the scenes to see places you don't normally get to see here in The Hive and find out what we get up to. We'll take you into our archaeology store, where you can handle some of the archaeological finds we've found; you can watch our conservator in action as she helps to look after our fragile books and documents, and we will go into the archive strongrooms, where you can see some of our amazing documents including Shakespeare's marriage bond and a letter sent from the Titanic.
The tour is £5 and needs to be booked in advance. Although we will have some chairs in each room and there is a lift between floors there will be some moving around the building during the 90 minutes. We will also ask you to put bags into lockers before we begin as we will be going into the secure strongrooms.
Meet The Archaeologist - Thu 24 July, 7-8pm
What does an Archaeologist do? Is it like the programmes you've seen on TV? Our Community Archaeologist Rob Hedge will be talking about the life and role of an archaeologist, from day-to-day digging to investigating some amazing sites as a digger for Channel 4's Time Team. He will explore the behind-the-scenes work that helps to tell the story, from how we can tell so much from tiny pieces of pottery, to what happens to the sites and the finds once the digging is completed. In addition to his work for Time Team, he will also discuss his current work for Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service. This is a repeat of his talk last year which was fully booked, so there is another chance to hear all about the world of archaeology.
The talk is free but needs to be reserved as places are limited.
Community Archaeologist Rob Hedge with a medieval shoe
To book a place on both or either of these please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01905 766352.
To find out what other exciting events are happening this month please visit http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/ where you can search for all events which are taking part.