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Festival of British Archaeology

The Festival of Archaeology is an annual fortnight-long national celebration of archaeology held in late July that is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology . The Festival is made up of hundreds of events held across the UK, and has the aim of encouraging everyone, and especially families, to visit place of archaeological/historical interest, see archaeology in action and take part in activities.

The Festival of British Archaeology grew from an annual National Archaeology Day which was first held in 1990, becoming a weekend event in 2003, and National Archaeology Week in 2005. The two week Festival was first held in 2009, and continues to grow in popularity. The Ashmolean has participated in the Festival or its predecessors since 2001, apart from 2009 when the museum was closed for redevelopment. Events are organised by the Education Service and the Department of Antiquities.

These pages provide details of this years event, as well as an archive of past events at the Ashmolean Museum.

Details of the 2014 event together with past events

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