The 29th year of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology in 2020 had to take a totally new approach – but still offered hundreds more opportunities to get involved in archaeology across the UK. https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/
Part I took place in July as a digital festival, packed with online events and activities
Part II ran from 24 October – 1 November with a tagline of
‘Online and Active’.
There were some organised ‘on the ground’ events where
restrictions allowed, as well as digital events and activities designed to get
you away from the screen and active with archaeology.
The Festival may be over, but there is still plenty to catch
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is the independent
champion for archaeology in the UK. They speak up on behalf of their members to
safeguard the future of archaeology and the historic environment and provide
opportunities for everyone to participate through their partnership projects,
annual Festival of Archaeology and Young Archaeologists’ Club.
I had an interesting morning on Saturday 25th May with the Scour team and artist Andrew Howe exploring the historic landscape of the Bordesley Abbey site. This one of the range of workshops organised by the Scour team which can be found at http://www.forgemill.org.uk/web/events/
The participants were a nice group and it was a pleasure to
explain the history of the area during the walk. The walk is only 2 miles (3 km)
but we took about 2 hours to cover the terrain as the purpose was to thoroughly
explore the terrain and the relationship to its history. For me, it was
excellent to interact with such a motivated group.
In the afternoon they went on to make some interesting
artwork and it is planned to publish a small magazine about the walk which will
include these and some of the history.
I am involved in the one day art work and workshop at Forge
Mill on the 25th May 2019 where we explore the local landscape with
a gentle 2 hour walk with myself and artist Andrew Howe followed by a workshop.
Details can be found on the poster and from the Scour website (above)
Forge Mill Needle Museum have their annual free entry Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September from 11am to 4pm.
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers and is entirely Free. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/forge-mill-museum
The event includes free entry to the whole site, tours of the Forge Mill Needle Museum and the Bordesley Abbey site by the Forge Mill volunteers, songs and music by Indigo Arts (ther Violettes), the ever-popular display of motor cycles by the regional Royal Enfield Owners Club, a display of working model boats by the Little Radford Model Boat Club, free entry to the current exhibition, ’The Language of Flowers’ by well-known textile artists, Hilary Beattie and Jenny Rolf, Redditch Local History Society will have a display based on their 2017 Archive exhibition and here will be children’s activities linked to the history of the area.
Refreshments are available at the Forge Mill volunteer run tea bar.
The Fulke Greville Festival 2018 is a celebration of the history, poetry, music, life and legacy of Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628), Alcester’s most famous Elizabethan figure.
As 2018 marks the 400th anniversary of his funding of Alcester Town Hall and the 390th anniversary of his death, a calendar of special events will bring to life the many cultural interests and achievements of this intriguing figure from Warwickshire’s past.
It is proposed that a series of organised events, lectures, talks and guided walks will run from Friday 28 – Sunday 30 September 2018, and be based in and around Alcester and Warwickshire, the town and county of his birth.