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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wiltshire Archaeology and Conservation Fair Sunday 14th July 11am-4pm


Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham

20 local organisations are joining together to provide visitors with a unique opportunity to find out about archaeology in Wiltshire at this
FREE event hosted by Wiltshire Council’s Archaeology and Conservation teams, which is part of the British Festival of Archaeology. County Archaeologist Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger says "There will be something for everyone at this exciting event - activities for children; careers advice; volunteering opportunities; real objects to handle and a chance to hear about the latest finds, surveys and excavations in the county."

Those considering a career in archaeology can find out about work experience placements and courses, talk to people who are self-employed, work for large archaeological units and work for Wiltshire Council in a range of roles. They can find out about related careers in museum archaeology and object conservation from people doing the job today. Why not take a tour of the conservation labs and learn more about this fascinating role, literally piecing together the past one find at a time?

An exciting programme of short talks will run throughout the day offering updates on local archaeology surveys by English Heritage, news from the First World War soldiers’ project ‘Finding the Forgotten’, advice on how to date your house and the experiences of local archaeologists.

Children and families will find lots to do at the event including games, quizzes, object handling and a practice excavation. Find out about the fun activities offered by local museums and archaeology clubs for children – and plan yourselves a summer holiday full of fun activities.

Organisations participating in this event include: English Heritage, National Trust, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, Wessex Archaeology, Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society, Young Archaeologists’ Club, Portable Antiquities Scheme, Oxford University, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Wiltshire Buildings Record, Bournemouth University, Finding the Forgotten, CBA Wessex, WAHNS field group, Lacock Unlocked, Wyvern Heritage, Chippenham Museum, Trowbridge Museum, Archaeological Surveys Ltd, University of Southampton, Wiltshire Council’s Archaeology and Conservation teams.
For more information and directions please visit www.wshc.eu email archaeology@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 01249 705500.


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