Festival of Archaeology Weekend

Friday 10 July to Sunday 12 July 2015
10.30am - 6.00pm

Visit the Museum for the Festival of Archaeology – it’s fun for all the family!

A small exhibition in Crawley Hall will focus on the ritual protection of the home through the deliberate concealment of objects within a building’s fabric and through scratch and burn marks on a building’s timbers. On display will be a collection of 80 shoes found within a house in Nutley, East Sussex, and a small number of other ritual deposits found during the dismantling of some of our buildings.

Enjoy a family-friendly trail around the Museum, which will help you to discover different aspects of building archaeology around the site:

  • Find the clues that timber frames give us to discover more about the trees they were created from
  • Search for carpenters’ marks and ritual markings
  • Hunt for hidden wall paintings

Combined, these clues give us information about the lives of the people who lived in our collection of houses, how they built them and how they would have decorated them.

The House extension from Reigate will also be open for you to explore its upper room, with its fine carved fireplace and the remains of contemporary decorative wall paintings.

Regular Museum entry fees apply and the Museum will be open from 10.30am – 6.00pm.