Worcester: Digging into the city’s past

worcester cathedralYoungsters can dig into Worcester’s Roman and Medieval past during a special week of events at The Commandery.

Roman Relics and Medieval Madness on Monday (July 26) will kick off the celebrations marking the start of the summer holidays and the British Festival of Archaeology.

The special children’s workshop will give youngsters the chance to unearth the secrets of Roman Worcester and Medieval times.

They can learn how to use a quern, make a Roman mosaic and excavate a medieval dwelling before a special free family day on Tuesday packed full of games, activities and workshops. People can find out why Anglo Saxons buried their dead with certain objects, learn how to reconstruct a face from the past using clay and archaeology techniques and get to grips with some real human remains.

City archaeologist James Dinn will be leading a walking tour focusing on Life and Death in Victorian Worcester, looking at the appalling living conditions city residents endured. The tour leaves from the Commandery, visiting the Tallow Hill cemetery, Blockhouse area and city centre churchyards at 11.15am and 2.15pm with pre-booking essential. On Thursday an Archaeology day school has been organised with experts helping people to find out more about what was discovered during the excavations at the Commandery.

For more information on ticket prices and availability call 01905 361821.

Source: Worcester Standard

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