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Festival of Archaeology


1 Aug 2021



Family Friendly

Join us on the last day of the Festival of Archaeology with a celebration of the archaeology in Hull.  There will be guided tours, exhibitions, and talks.   In our closing event Executive Director of the CBA, Neil Redfern will be hosting an “In Conversation with…. Professor Carenza Lewis” local communities are invited to send in their questions which we will ask on the day to festival@archaeologyuk.org.

This showcase is only possible because of the amazing people in the following organisations:- Hull Culture and Leisure, Hull City Council, Whitefriargate High Street Heritage Action Zone, Humber Field Archaeology, Museum of London, Archaeology, Oxford Archaeology, Petruaria Revisited, Hull Minster

Plan your day around our programme of events


During the day there will be Wandering Medieval Characters along the high street, and a high street trail. There will also be an official opening and guided tour of the new medieval galleries at Hull and East Riding Museum (this is by invitation only)


Archaeology of South Blockhouse,

CitiZan: Display  of Coastal & Intertidal zone project with Pop-up foreshore

Fjordr Ltd: Dr Antony Firth, Display on R.38 Zeppelin Crash

Bookable tours (book at the event)

11:00                 Archaeology of the Museums Quarter  (30 minutes)

11:00                 Imagery, Imagination and Interpretation  (45 minutes)

12:00                 Archaeology of the Museums Quarter (30 minutes)

12:30                 Imagery, Imagination and Interpretation (45 minutes)

13:00                 Archaeology of the Museums Quarter  (30 minutes)

14:00                 Imagery, Imagination and Interpretation (45 minutes)

14:00                 Archaeology of the Museums Quarter (30 minutes)

EVENT MARQUEE (in Museum Gardens)

(Max Capacity 50 people)  no booking required first come first served basis.

11:30           Petruaria Uncovered Presentation

12:00          Fjordr Ltd: Dr Antony Firth, Presentation on R.38 Zeppelin Crash

12:30           CitiZan and you! Video footage of CitiZan Projects and Q&A with the team

BOOKING REQUIRED FOR THE AFTERNOON EVENTS : Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/164299063923(link is external)

13:15          ‘Welcome’ by Neil Redfern and Cllr Haroldo Hererra-Richmond

13:30          In Conversation with Time Team’s Professor Carenza Lewis

13:55          Archaeology Achievement Awards Launch



Discoveries from Trinity Burial Ground

Archaeology of the Minster

Petruaria Revisited – excavation information and handling activity

11-3                 Call our Bluff – Object (or laminated photo) ID with Finds Specialist

11-3                 Funny Bones – Craft Activity

11-3                ‘My-seum’ Activity – members of the public create their own museum (drawing activity)

Tour – book on the day, tours are every half hour

12:00-2.30     Guided Chantry Chapel Visits to view the recently discovered medieval church foundations (max 10 people)

BEVERLEY GATE: No booking required

11-3​          Whitefriargate High Street Heritage Action Zone

11-3          ​East Riding Archaeology Society (ERAS) and Whitefriargate HSHAZ will have information stalls and display of artefacts in Gazeebo’s. ERAS will also be using a batter resonator on the grassed area next to Beverley Gate.

12-3          ​Brief 10 minute presentations throughout the afternoon on the history of Beverley Gate, also on the work of ERAS.

Venue Details


Do you know your Georgian from your Edwardian? In Hull’s Old Town, there is evidence of many period throughout history. With many original features it is clear that Hull has a significant place within British history. Hull’s Old Town is a hidden treasure where you will discover Hull’s collection of free museums including Streetlife Museum of Transport, where all the family can climb aboard a tram or take a carriage ride into the past, and Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology where you’ll find a life-size woolly mammoth. It is also home to Hepworth Arcade where Mr Marks and Mr Spencer had one of their first penny bazaars! There is also a strong link between Hull Old Town and the English Civil War with the alleged plotting parlour at Ye Olde White Harte and the actual spot at which Charles I was refused entry to the city of Hull – Beverley Gate, as well as the world’s smallest window the George Hotel.

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