Festival of Archaeology: Preview

This year the Council for British Archaeology are hosting a digital Festival of Archaeology in addition to the Events on the Ground Festival in October.

In association with this, here at Hampshire Cultural Trust we have put together a week full of videos, articles, activities and even a Question and Answer session with some of the top archaeology minds in the south, in partnership with Wessex Archaeology.

See below for what you can look forward to on Culture on Call from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 July 2020 and sign up for the live Q&A with the archaeology experts on Friday.

Whats on

A Potted History – Exploring the Iron Age / Roman transition in Hampshire

12 – 17 July 2020

Join Hampshire Cultural Trust and Wessex Archaeology to explore how pottery has helped us better understand the impact of the Roman conquest on people’s lives.  Between 12 and 16 July, we will share a new video every day here on Culture on Call, as part of our series ‘A Potted History – the Iron Age / Roman transition in Hampshire’ concluding with a live Q&A session on Friday, 17 July. This is a partnership project of Hampshire Cultural Trust and Wessex Archaeology.

We want to hear from you!

Do you have a question about our 'Potted History'? Email your questions to engagement@wessexarch.co.uk, and register for our live Q&A session on Friday 17 July to hear our expert panel answer your questions. Book your place for the Q&A event here.

The Oakley Hoard

12, 14  and 16 July 2020

In August 2019, Hampshire Cultural Trust was able to acquire the ‘Oakley hoard’, an assemblage consisting of a copper alloy and wood tankard, another copper alloy vessel, some iron implements and a ceramic vessel.  The items were discovered in association with a Late Iron Age burial at Oakley, near Basingstoke, in January 2017.

For this short series of posts for the Festival of Archaeology we follow the Oakley ceramic vessel into the conservation process.

Archaeology meets 'living history'

13, 15 and 17 July 2020

In a three part article, Milestones Museum costumed volunteer David discusses how Archaeology, History and even ‘Living History’ all play their part in the discovery and the preservation of the stories of our ancestors.

9 treasures in 9 days

11- 19 July 2020

Hampshire Cultural Trust's Curatorial Liaison Manager Ross shines the spotlight on one archaeological object a day throughout the Festival of Archaeology.

Digging the Dirt: the what, whys and wherefores of excavating the past

11- 19 July 2020

A nine part series of articles from Mark Barden, our Community Cultural Experience Manager here at Hampshire Cultural Trust, 'digging the dirt' on all things archaeology .

Silchester Objects: Revisited

18 July 2020

Join HCT conservator Claire Woodhead,  for two journeys through the microscope as she works to conserve and clean two Roman object found during the Silchester bathhouse excavations.


Check back on Culture on Call from Saturday 11 July to Sunday 19 July for all things Archaeology.


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