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News from Wallingford Museum

Hi all

Two upcoming events organised by Wallingford Museum:

Family Archaeology Day @ Wallingford Museum

On Saturday 28 July 2018 from 11am – 4pm, Wallingford Museum has organised another exciting Family Archaeology Day at the Museum.

Bring along your fossils to show our expert, Steve Head, who will be on hand to identify anything you might have found. Steve will also be able to show you some of his own fossil collection from around the world.

You’ll be able learn all about how archaeology is done from the experts and see the results of recent work done in Wallingford Castle. You’ll also be able to take part in some ‘hands-on’ work – pot-washing, identifying pottery, bones, shells, ironwork and much more. Then you can find out how to begin to identify the sort of pottery that helps to date the finds from archaeology, and even try making your own pots for fun! 

There’ll be a display of things found in past years in the Museum or courtyard, including the rare medieval chess piece excavated from behind the Museum which is now on display there! 

You’ll be able to explore the delights of the Museum – find the Roman skeleton, the woolly mammoth bones, spearheads, daggers, stones from the lost Priory; handle the cannon ball, search the ‘smelly-feely’ drawers, and complete a quiz sheet – plenty to interest and occupy the whole family!

Of course, you can also have a good look at this year’s special museum exhibitions where there is great interest in its ‘Treasures with Tales’ exhibition. Residents from Wallingford and the surrounding villages have loaned the museum a wide variety of fascinating objects, each with its own special significance – from exotic to fun to poignant! Visitors are able to follow the ‘Treasures Trail’ and discover these things for themselves throughout the museum. Each has its own ‘tale’ displayed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The treasures are woven in amongst  other exhibitions which include not only the story of Wallingford’s Saxon origins, its great Royal castle, the town’s links with Agatha Christie, but also updates on the recent archaeology that is being uncovered by new developments around the town.

So there’s plenty of family entertainment for this special archaeology day! 

Entry is by Museum ticket at the door – £5 per adult (which gives unlimited entry until 30 November) but accompanied children are FREE.

Stu Darby

‘Recent archaeological discoveries in Wallingford and its environs’

Richard Oram (Planning Archaeologist at Oxfordshire County Council) will talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about the ‘Recent archaeological discoveries in Wallingford and its environs’.

Richard has been the Planning Archaeologist at Oxfordshire County Council providing archaeological advice within the planning system to South Oxfordshire District Council and Cherwell District Council for the last 12 years. Prior to this he worked as a field archaeologist for a number of commercial archaeological organisations in the UK and the Republic of Ireland since graduation from Sheffield University with a BA (hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory. In his role at the County Council, Richard has an interest in all periods of Archaeology up to and including the late 20th century, and is particularly interested in transition periods such as the Late Iron Age to Roman and the Roman to Saxon period. He is also interested in transportation and trade links between settlements and how the infrastructure of the prehistoric and Roman landscape may have functioned and what evidence for this may have survived.

This talk will be held on Wednesday 11th July, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford. 

Visitors (£4) are most welcome.

Katharine Keats-Rohan

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