Celebrate Bristol’s archaeological heritage during National Archaeology
Bristol’s Museums, Galleries & Archives will be offering visitors a unique
chance to explore Bristol’s rich archaeological heritage at two major
events as part of National Archaeological Week.
On Saturday 12 July from 10.30am –4pm, Kings Weston Roman Villa will be
holding a free open day with a chance to explore the remains of one of the
cities oldest residences. Visitors will be able to meet a Roman soldier,
dress in Roman style clothes, discover herbs and plants the Roman used and
take part in Roman inspired arts and crafts activities for families.
Kings Weston Roman Villa was discovered in 1947 during the construction of
the Lawrence Weston estate- and dates back to the third century AD.
Visitors can explore the east building where remains of a Roman central
heating system, the only Roman bath suite in Bristol and an amazing mosaic
floor have been preserved. The villa has recently been interpreted by
young people from the local community, who revealed the villa’s stories in
their own words. The villa can be explored all year round with access via
a key from nearby Blaise Castle House Museum or Bristol’s City Museum &
Art Gallery.[£5 deposit required]
Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery will be holding an Archaeological
Finds Day on Saturday 19 July, 10.30am-4pm to complement an Archaeology in
the Park event taking place in Castle Park, Bristol on the same day.
Visitors to the museum will be able to discover some of the objects
unearthed at Bristol Castle and have a go at designing their own
fortifications. Anyone who has unearthed archaeological finds in their
garden or a field will have a chance to get them identified by experts at
the museum from 12pm.
Kurt Adams from the Portable Antiquity Scheme who will be leading the
event says “: “If it’s covered in mud then we’ll have a look at it! Even a
nondescript lump of iron or a fragment of pottery could turn out to be a
very important archaeological find and can help us build a clearer picture
of our past. This kind of event brings to life the excitement of
collecting things and having them identified and put in a historical or
At Castle Park, Bristol there will be an opportunity to:
Take guided timeline tours with characters from the past along some of the
streets that formed the historic centre of Bristol and meet the
archaeologists that have worked on the Castle excavations.