Free festival celebrates archaeology in Preston

1 July 2015

People with an interest in history are invited to a free Festival of Archaeology event at the Museum of Lancashire on Saturday 18 July.

The festival is an annual event which aims to bring the past alive and celebrate the UK's heritage. It is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA).

The festival will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy many activities at the museum, including talks on the history of the Silverdale and Cuerdale Hoards, living history re-enactments, Viking storytelling and hands-on activities. Items from the Silverdale Hoard will be on display and coins from the Cuerdale Hoard will be available to be handled by visitors.

Lancashire County Council's manager at the Museum of Lancashire, Charlotte Steels, said: "We're delighted to be involved in an initiative which is all about enabling people to get hands-on with history on their own doorstep.

"It is a fabulous chance for everyone to explore the history of where they live, watch experts at work, and experience archaeology for themselves.

"Come along and discover your inner archaeologist. Whether young or old, enthusiast or beginner, there will be something for everyone."

The event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm. It is one of more than 1,000 nationwide events scheduled for the 25th national Festival of Archaeology, which runs from 11 July to 26 July.
There's no need to book a place, you can just turn up.

For opening times and more information about the free Festival of Archaeology event or the Museum of Lancashire, call 01772 534075 or email

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For further information please contact: Julie Dobson on 01772 536616

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