The Hoard Festival is starting today! You can volunteer now on the community dig throughout June and July.

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Get involved in archaeology today at the New Vic Theatre!

The Centre of Archaeology are running a series of free archaeological workshops, including surveying and excavation, within the grounds of the New Vic Theatre to coincide with the theatre’s Hoard Festival this summer. The festival is celebrating the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard with a variety of plays and performances all inspired by the hoard.  The festival is starting today and running for 5 weeks from the 20th June to the 25th July, with archaeology workshops taking place all day every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Places are still available so if you’d like to have a go at geophysical surveying, excavation, finds handling or designing an exhibition, then come along and join in.  You can find out more and book a place on the workshops by following the link on the Centre of Archaeology’s home page or visit the New Vic’s Hoard Festival website

If you would like to just have a chat about archaeology in general or the heritage and archaeology of Stoke-on-Trent then drop in anytime between 11am – 3pm on the first 3 Thursdays of the festival for ‘Tea with a Trowel’ with me, Esme Hookway. I’m a PhD student at Staffordshire University, researching community archaeology and a part time archaeologist with the Centre of Archaeology.  I’ll also be available for a chat between the matinee and evening shows on Saxon Saturday’s, the 18th and 25th of July.  I look forward to hearing any thoughts about the city’s heritage and archaeology, and any memories you’d like to share.