Festival of Archaeology: the Saxons

Saturday 22 July to Sunday 23 July 2017

Visit the Museum during the national Festival of Archaeology! Our 2017 day will focus on the Saxon period.

Find out about the construction of the Saxon building, the research behind it, stories from Anglo-Saxon times and take part in some simple craft activities.

All talks and activities are subject to change but we plan to include the following.

On Saturday hear short talks including:

  • The archaeology behind the construction of our Anglo-Saxon building
  • How we built our Anglo-Saxon building
  • Listen to Old English with Stephen Pollington
  • Saxon textiles and clothing
  • Wattle and daub in the construction of our Anglo-Saxon building
  • Everyday life in Saxon England

On Sunday:

  • The archaeology behind the construction of our Anglo-Saxon building
  • How we built our Anglo-Saxon building
  • Viking raids in Saxon Sussex
  • Music as a part of everyday Saxon life

Nearby the Anglo-Saxon building, young people can make a simply Saxon pot to take home.

In the wider Museum site, 10-minute talks include: meet the millers, chat to the stables team and find out about our two new projects (a  dairy and a bakehouse). Pick up a leaflet upon arrival and start exploring!

Information for visitors

The Museum will open at 10.30am and close at 5.30pm. Regular Museum entry charges apply. Entry is free for Annual Members.

The Museum’s waterside café will be open, plus there are undercover and outdoor picnic areas.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.