Milton Keynes Archaeology Day

Milton Keynes Archaeology Day, Saturday 9th November

This popular and free open day includes talks and activities for all ages plus stands and displays by local societies, archaeological units, metal detectorists, and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  Held from 10am to 4pm in Milton Keynes Central Library, Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL.

The day’s first speaker at 11am is medieval pottery expert Paul Blinkhorn, a well known face from his appearances on TV’sTime Team, Pub Dig and many other shows.  Paul will be presenting his talk Carry on Trowelling which will be a light-hearted look at the history of archaeology in the media.

During the interval (12 – 2pm) the Council for British Archaeology, South Midlands Group will be hosting an archaeology and heritage book stall.

At 2pm we welcome Cecily Cropper of MFL Archaeology to speak on the subject of Forensic Archaeology: UK and International.  Cecily has worked on crime scenes in the UK in addition to post-conflict and disaster exhumation / excavation programmes in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and beyond.  Her talk will explore the development of this branch of archaeology from the 1980s onwards and look at its application through a number of case studies. Please note: This talk is not suitable for younger children 

Don’t forget to bring along any finds or artefacts to be identified by Ros Tyrrell & Julie Cassidy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who will be joined by displays from members of the Magiovinium Metal Detector Club and friends.  Displays of recent work by the CLASP Community Landscape & Archaeology Survey Project, Wing Heritage Project, and the Upper Nene Archaeological Society will complement a new Discover MK exhibition on Archaeology in Milton Keynes.

Upstairs in the Lending Library a team from ASC Ltd will be hosting Hands-On Archaeology Workshops featuring a range of activities for ages 8+. These practical sessions are on a drop-in basis from 10am to 3pm, come for 5 minutes or 35 minutes.

There will also be ‘Digging Dinosaurs’ a themed story time for age 7s and under in the children’s library at 11am

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Armistice Day

Next Sunday at 11am the country will fall silent to think about those who have fought for freedom. Those who were, and continue to be, injured, killed or changed for ever.

Sadly we do not know how the village of Wing felt when the guns fell silent. The chronicler of the time was Revd Henry Tatham giving a month by month account of the everyday lives of the villagers, as well as those that were fighting, in the Parish Magazine. He died early in 1918 and never saw his dream of peace turn to reality, and no-one continued the magazine. His writing is a legacy for now and the future and over the next few months will be added here so that his voice can once more be heard.

Sarah