Festival of Archaeology

  • Sat 13 Jul to Sun 14 Jul 2019
  • 10am to 5pm
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Become an archaeologist for the weekend! Discover the archaeology of our Garden; from the Peach House to the Bathhouse, from Old Middleton Hall to the Grotto. Explore, build and learn!

Make your own mosaic, dig for pots and try your hand at historical wargaming. Join us on history walks, talks and see some of the finds uncovered here at the Garden! Visit our Archaeological Fayre and be transported back in time

July 13th – 14th

SATURDAY

Self – Guided Trails

(collect from Gatehouse, the Great Glasshouse, the Discovery Space & the Gallery)

Garden Heritage Trail – Discover the archaeological and historical places of the Garden

Guided Walks

(meet at the Western entrance Great Glasshouse)

History of the Garden Walk 2pm (45 mins)  – Join Joanne, our Cultural Heritage Apprentice as she takes you on a journey of the rich history of the Garden

Working in an Archaeological Sensitive Landscape 3pm  (45 mins) – Join Peter, our Woodland and Education Officer as he explains the challenges of tree planting, hedge laying, and estate management in an archaeological filled landscape

Show and Tell – Archaeological Discoveries!

(Principality House 10:30pm – 4:00pm)

Finds from the Garden – Come and see what we found during the excavations of Old Middleton Hall and the Peach House! Musket balls, buckles, pottery, clay pipes & lots more – come and see!

Hands on!  – handle replica archaeological objects! Do some archaeological illustration.

Can you find? – Can you find the archaeology hidden in the environmental residues?

Learn & Build – Hands on!

(Principality House 10:30pm – 4:00pm)

Mosaic making with YAC – help us make a History of the Garden Mosaic & make your own mini Mosaic

Brick making – did you know that bricks were once made on the estate? Come and make your own!

Make your own Clay Pot with Dyfed Archaeology – discover the work of our local Archaeology Unit.

Cave Art! – add your own masterpiece to our prehistoric cave mural

The History Research Group – come and meet our very own HRG and learn what they are finding out about the history of our Garden!

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) – Come and chat to Jon and discover the rich heritage of our wonderful Wales.

The Carmarthenshire Weavers – Spinning and Weaving are ancient crafts dating to prehistoric times. Come and see some modern weavers in action and learn about this ancient craft.

The Woodcrafters Association – Woodworking is an ancient craft dating to prehistoric times. Come and see some modern woodcrafters and their skills!

Lunchtime Talks

Theatr Botanic

What is Garden Archaeology – Kevin Wooldridge, Freelance Archaeologist (12:00- 12:20)

Latest Archaeological Discoveries from Southwest Wales – Dyfed Archaeology (12:20 – 12:40)

The work of the Royal Commission – Jon Dollery, RCAHMW  (12:40 – 13:00)

Exhibitions

Middleton Memories Exhibition (The Gallery 10am – 6pm) – discover the lives of those who lived and worked on the estate

Middleton: Paradise Regained (The Discovery Space, Great Glasshouse 10am – 6pm) – Discover the history of our Regency Parkland and our Restoration Project

SUNDAY

Self – Guided Trails

(collect from the Great Glasshouse, The Discovery Space & The Gallery)

Garden Heritage Trail – Discover the archaeological and historical places of the Garden

Guided Walks

(meet Western entrance Great Glasshouse)

History of the Garden Walk 2pm (45 mins)  – Join Joanne, our Cultural Heritage Apprentice as she takes you on a journey of the rich history of the Garden

Lunchtime Talks

Theatr Botanic

The Archaeology of the Middleton Estate – Kathryn Price, Heritage Officer (12 -12:20)

Archaeology and Science – Kevin Wooldridge, Freelance Archaeologist (12:20 – 12:40)

Latest Archaeological Discoveries from Southwest Wales – Dyfed Archaeology (12:40 – 13:00)

Show and Tell – Archaeological Discoveries!

(Principality House 10:30pm – 4:00pm)

Finds from the Garden – Come and see what we found during the excavations of Old Middleton Hall and the Peach House! Musket balls, buckles, pottery, clay pipes & lots more – come and see!

Hands on!  – handle replica archaeological objects! Do some archaeological illustration

Can you find? – can you find the hidden archaeology in the environmental residues?

 

Learn & Build

(Principality House 10:30pm – 4:00pm)

Build your own Hermit’s Grotto – Did you know we have a Grotto in our Regency landscape? Learn more and build your own Grotto!

Make your own Clay Pot with Dyfed Archaeology – discover the work of our local Archaeology Unit.

Cave Art! – add your own masterpiece to our prehistoric cave mural

Can you Capture Carmarthen Castle? – After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Welsh rebels fought back against the Norman conquerors. Join friendly gamers and play a table top wargame, using painted miniatures and simple rules. Jump in and help make history!

The History Research Group – come and meet our very own HRG and learn what they are finding out about the history of our Garden!

The Carmarthenshire Weavers – Spinning and Weaving are ancient crafts dating to prehistoric times. Come and see some modern weavers in action and learn about this ancient craft.

The Woodcrafters Association – Woodworking is an ancient craft dating to prehistoric times. Come and see some modern woodcrafters and their skills!

 

Exhibitions

Middleton Memories Exhibition (The Gallery 10am – 6pm) – discover the lives of those who lived and worked on the estate

Middleton: Paradise Regained (The Discovery Space, Great Glasshouse 10am – 6pm) – Discover the history of our Regency Parkland and our Restoration Project