Festival of Archaeology at Ayscoughfee

The Society joined forces with Ayscoughfee Hall to stage this very popular event from 20th to the 22nd of July. We welcomed nearly a thousand visitors who came to see the exhibitions and join in the activities.

The feedback from visitors and volunteers alike was very positive. We congratulate Niki Hawley , Julia and her Ayscoughfee team on such a successful venture.

Society members Sharon and Ian Hoult put in a colossal effort not just over the event itself but in preparing the displays and corralling volunteers. Our physical contribution was in presenting some of the finds from the dig carried out in Healey’s field at Pinchbeck a few years ago. Our curator Marilyn had taken care of these finds from John Lyon last year. It was good to see John at the event and we are very grateful for the opportunity to show the fruits of his labours.

SGS member Nick Casswell assisting with the dig pits

Some of the finds were enjoyed and appreciated by the many children who excavated the specially created dig pits. Some of the more precious items will continue to be shown at Ayscoughfee for a little while longer. If you get a chance to visit do take time to admire the stunning reconstructions of early pottery which Sharon has painstakingly assembled from buckets of broken shards. Amazing!

We were delighted to be joined on the Friday by Helen and Claire of Focus Consulting. They were able to start on the audience surveys included in our Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage project.

Thank you to all the volunteers and visitors. We hope to able to participate in similar events in the future. Watch out for the 1940’s Weekend on August 12th and 13th. If you would like to help please get in touch through sgsinfo@btconnect.com

Dinosaur bones were on display courtesy of Fossils Galore

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