Events and Excavations

PHOTOGRAMMETRY WORKSHOP
Friday 1st July: 10am – 3pm
Breedon on the Hill Priory Church, DE73 8AJ
Photogrammetry is the art of turning simple photographs into 3D digital objects. It sounds much harder than it is, anyone can do it so long as they know how to point and click a camera! Join Prof Dominic Powesland at Breedon Priory Church to be introduced to the technique and help record the Anglo-Saxon sculptures in the church. Please note this is an all-day workshop, light refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.
£5 per person. Booking essential as numbers will be limited, email breedonheritage@gmail.com


DESFORD HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Saturday 2nd July & Sunday 3rd July: 10am – 7pm
This year Desford is offering something extra special when the village will be transported back in time as it celebrates its long history. The village will be divided into time zones from Medieval to Wartime. Over 500 musicians, re-enactors and performers will descend on the village to make each zone come alive. You will get the opportunity to see what life might have been like in Desford in an educational, entertaining and interactive way. There will be the chance to have a go at sports of the period, listen to music through time, train to be a knight, go to a Victorian school, ride in a horse and carriage and so much more. Even the pubs are adopting the historical theme of the zone they are in. This is a unique event and definitely not to be missed.
Programmes £5. For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/desfordheritage


OBJECT HANDLING
Wednesday 6th July: 10am – 12.30pm

Harborough Museum, The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT 
Get the chance to find out what the Hallaton Helmet, its cheekpieces and some other unique objects from the Treasure feel like using our new 3D-printed replicas. You will be able to feel and see details revealed using high-quality, high-detail scans as part of this unique object handling experience.
FREE. No booking required.


SAXON STORIES IN STONE
Saturday 9th July: 10am – 3pm
Breedon Priory Church, Breedon on the Hill, DE73 8AJ
Come and learn more about our fabulous Saxon carvings! Come to this family friendly event to find out why they are here, watch masons from local firm ASBC demonstrate stone carving techniques, have a go at the sculpture treasure hunt and try your hand at making your own clay carving to take home.
£2 per child. No booking required. For more information email breedonheritage@gmail.com


SORCERY AND SUPERSTITION ESCAPE QUEST
Saturday 9th July to Sunday 31st July (Thur – Sun ONLY): 10.30am – 4.30pm
The 1620s House, Donington le Heath, nr Hugglescote, LE67 2FW
Our historic venue is steeped in stories of the superstitions and beliefs of the 17th Century which are brought to life through this interactive game play. Bring your thinking caps as you solve a mixture of virtual and physical puzzles that will guide you through the house on your mission.
Included in normal Admission Price. https://1620shouse.org.uk/


ENLIGHTENING EDGAR HUNT
Saturday 9th July to Sunday 31st July (Thur – Sun ONLY): 10.30am – 4.30pm
The 1620s House, Donington le Heath, nr Hugglescote, LE67 2FW
Edgar wants to be an explorer like his uncle, the great Sir Kenelm Digby. Can you help him find the curiosities and devices that his uncle has brought back from his travels around our site?
£2 per sheet, normal admission applies. https://1620shouse.org.uk/                  


RAVENOUS ROMANS HUNT
Saturday 9th July – Sunday 31st July: 10am – 5pm
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, CV13 0AD
Ravenous Romans have invaded and we need your help to feed them. Can you help us find Roman snacks around site to keep them  happy?   Pick up a sheet from the ticket office, explore the Heritage Centre and Country Park.
£2 per sheet, normal admission applies. For information: 01455 290429; www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk


JACOBEAN CRAFT GROUP
Saturday 9th July: 11am – 3pm
The 1620s House, Donington le Heath, nr Hugglescote, LE67 2FW         
Come and meet the wonderful Friends of the 1620s House and discover domestic needle and wool craft styles of the 17th Century.
Included in normal Admission Price. For more information email dlhmanorhouse@leics.gov.uk  


EASY SATURDAY: ROMAN LEICESTER SPECIAL
Saturday 9th July: 12 – 4pm
LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE
Join us for our regular creative family day, this time with a Roman theme! Learn about Roman crafts, hunt for buried artefacts, rebuild Roman Leicester in Minecraft, and more!
FREE, drop in!


A KNIGHTLY ENDEAVOUR
Sunday 10th July: 10am – 5pm
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, CV13 0AD
Enjoy a medieval experience day at Bosworth. Dress up in armour, learn to fight like a knight, handle replica weaponry of the 15th Century.
£150 for 2 people. See website for more details www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk


DESIGN YOUR OWN HALLATON HELMET
Wednesday 13th July: 11am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm

Harborough Museum, The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT
Make your own Hallaton Helmet and cheekpieces. Grab your craft kit, see our historic cheekpieces for inspiration to design your own. Will it be the goddess Victory, or a Roman soldier on horseback? Once you’ve created your helmet, why not try lifting a Roman shield or chainmail to see how hard is was to march all day.
£1 per kit. Max. 16 per session, booking essential, more info at https://www.harboroughmuseum.org.uk/events/ or tel. 0116 305 3627


HERITAGE OPEN EVENING
Thursday 14th July: 7.30pm
Rutland County Museum, Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW
An opportunity to discover the diverse range of heritage activities and groups in Rutland. We have all the local groups in one place, for both the public and local groups to enjoy a network and advertise volunteering opportunities. Organised by Rutland Local History and Record Society.
FREE. No booking required. Contact debbie.frearson@rutlandhistory.org for more information.


DIG IT!
Saturday 16th to Sunday 31st July: 11am – 1pm
King Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB
Children can learn the basics of archaeology and uncover hidden artefacts in our mini archaeology dig pits. The Festival of Archaeology events are included in admission to the Visitor Centre. Don’t forget, once purchased, your ticket is valid for 12 months!
For more info, visit kriii.com; Tel. 0300 300 0900


HALLATON FESTIVAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ST MORRELL & HALLATON CRYPT REINSTATEMENT PROJECT
Saturday 16th July to Sunday 31st July

St Michael and All Angels Church, Hallaton, LE16 8TY

A programme of events covering why Hallaton was a place of medieval pilgrimage, putting into context the fascinating story of the discovery of St Morrell’s Chapel, the skeletons of pilgrims buried there and the proposed reinstatement of the crypt of St Michael & All Angels. (see Talks).
The Church will be open with a visual display of the completed project and children’s activities.  Café Morrell in the Church will offer refreshments and cream teas. The adjacent Museum will be open with Exhibitions about Hallaton Castle, the Hallaton Treasure and Bottle Kicking (see Displays and Exhibitions).
Guided walks around the Hallaton Heritage Trail and along the St Morrell’s Round pilgrimage. (see Guided Walks and Tours).
For more information visit www.hallaton-museum.co.uk/festivalofarchaeology or contact Denis Kenyon Tel. 07834 324352 or deniskenyon36@gmail.com


COMMUNITY TEST PIT DIG AT ABBOTS LEIGH, LEIRE
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July: All day
A garden project in 2002 revealed a cluster of Medieval pottery near the junction of Main Street and Back Lane, Leire. The extent of the village is unknown and this dig will give an opportunity to see if the post Medieval village extended as far as this point.
Anyone interested in helping should email Mike Southall from the Lutterworth Fieldworkers at michael.southall@mypostoffice.co.uk


MEDIEVAL GRACE DIEU FIELD SCHOOL
Monday 18th – Friday 29th July: All day
Grace Dieu Priory, Ashby Road, Belton, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE67 5UG, United Kingdom
This is a unique opportunity to delve into the fascinating history of Grace Dieu Priory, one of only two female priories in Leicestershire. Of the 23 buildings known to have existed at Grace Dieu Priory, only a fraction survive as ruins today. Our archaeological field-school aims to find these buildings, and uncover more about how Grace Dieu evolved through time, from an early medieval priory to a later Tudor mansion.
For more information visit https://www.archaeologyuk.org/festival/festival-event-listing/medieval-grace-dieu-field-school.html


ARCHAEOLOGY FAMILY FUN DAY AT LEICESTER GUILDHALL
Tuesday 19th July: 11am – 3pm
Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
Calling all budding archaeologists (or those that just love digging and making things)! Join us at The Guildhall for our Festival of Archaeology Family Fun Day. An archaeologist wouldn’t be able to do their job without the tools of their trade, so let us help you create your own dig brush and hard hat so that you can have a go at digging in our sand pits. You never know what treasures you may find! Create clay pots, just like the ones on display in the museum and have a go at our medieval games and puzzles. There will be an archaeological dig trail to follow too.
£3 drop in activity. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org


ARCHAEOLOGY HANDLING SESSION AT LEICESTER GUILDHALL
Tuesday 19th July: 11am – 3pm
Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
Join us at The Guildhall for a unique handling session.  The items available are characteristic of and relevant to, the long and colourful history of Leicester’s Guildhall.  These objects have been carefully selected from the Leicester Museums Collection.
FREE activity – suitable for all ages. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


OBJECT HANDLING
Wednesday 20th July: 10am – 12.30pm

Harborough Museum, The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT 
Get the chance to find out what the Hallaton Helmet, its cheekpieces and some other unique objects from the Treasure feel like using our new 3D-printed replicas. You will be able to feel and see details revealed using high-quality, high-detail scans as part of this unique object handling experience.
FREE. No booking required.


KNIGHT SCHOOL
Thursday 21st July: 11am – 12pm & 12:30pm – 13:30pm
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, CV13 0AD
Don your armour, pull down your visor and come along to Knight School where young squires can learn to fight like a knight with Sir John of Bosworth.
£6.50 per child. Pre Booking Essential: https://www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk/whats-on/


HISTORY THROUGH THE AGES
Saturday 23th July: 10am – 4pm
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, CV13 0AD
Come along and meet re-enactors of multiple ages through history, from roman to the 20th Century. Witness the fashions, the lifestyles & changes through time along with presentations and shooting demonstrations!
£2 per person. Under 3s Free.


FAMILY ARCHAEOLOGY DAY
Monday 25th July: 10.30am – 2.30pm
St Helens Community Heritage Centre, 4 Church Yard, South St, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1AA
Come along and find out what lies beneath our amazing site! Learn from our archaeological expert by exploring the dig boxes and guessing the artefacts that we have unearthed from our archaeological digs.
£2 per child.  No booking required. Refreshments available.
For more information tel. 07435 564236 or email sthelensheritage@gmail.com


ARCHAEOLOGY FAMILY FUN DAY
Tuesday 26th July: 11am – 3pm
Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford, LE6 0HB
Explore what lies beneath Bradgate Park! Hands-on family friendly activities across the park, from a Stone Age site to the historic ruins, including drop in crafts and fascinating activities for budding archaeologists of all ages.
FREE but small charge for some activities.


DESIGN YOUR OWN HALLATON HELMET
Wednesday 27th July: 11am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm

Harborough Museum, The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT
Make your own Hallaton Helmet and cheekpieces. Grab your craft kit, see our historic cheekpieces for inspiration to design your own. Will it be the goddess Victory, or a Roman soldier on horseback? Once you’ve created your helmet, why not try lifting a Roman shield or chainmail to see how hard is was to march all day.
£1 per kit. Max. 16 per session, booking essential, more info at https://www.harboroughmuseum.org.uk/events/ or tel. 0116 305 3627


ROMAN AROUND
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July: 10am – 4pm
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, CV13 0AD
Join us in celebrating the Roman History of the area. The Batavi Re-Enactment group will be camped on site and covering a whole manner of Roman life experiences. There’ll also be the chance to meet Boudicca as she tries to recruit an army.
£2 per person. Under 3s Free.


EXPERIENCE ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL LEICESTER AND SEE OUR OLDEST CHURCH
Sunday 31st July: 11.30am – 3.30pm
St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Circle, Leicester, LE1 4LB
Travel back in time with the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum and enjoy a day of object display and activities. Meet and talk with Friends and members of the church. Learn about the progress on our new museum. Walk round this ancient church with a guide. Take a free map for a self-guided tour and information on our Roman town.
Light refreshments will also be on offer.
FREE. For more information email jewrywallfriends@outlook.com
A Friends of Jewry Wall Museum, Heritage Sundays and Leicestershire Fieldworkers event


FINDS DAY
Sunday 31st July: 1pm – 4pm
Newarke Houses Museum, The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY
If you have found an object which is made of metal, stone or ceramic, our local Finds Liaison Officer will be more than happy to take a look and give you more information. Whether you are a seasoned metal detectorist, or you have made a chance find in your garden, we may be able to help identify your archaeological discoveries.
FREE. No booking required


LEICESTER HERITAGE SUNDAYS
Sunday 31st July: 11am -3pm
The Gateway, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 9BH
Clustered around The Newarke and De Montfort University campus, just minutes from the city centre, are remarkable buildings that tell the story of Leicester from its medieval origins to its manufacturing heyday. During the last Sunday of the month visitors can explore some of these historic places free of charge. The area also has lovely outdoor spaces to discover including Castle Gardens and the tranquillity of some of the city’s beautiful secret gardens.
FREE. For more info visit https://www.visitleicester.info/dbimgs/Heritage%20Sunday%202022%20Brochure.pdf