FESTIVAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 2023
FREE FAMILY EVENT
Sunday 23 July 2023, 11am–4pm
FREE drop-in activities for all ages
We invited you to join our Festival of Archaeology family day to take part in a range of free, engaging tours and activities across the Museum.
This year's festival was part of the Ashmolean's Myth and Reality season, linked to our Labyrinth exhibition which centred on the famous archaeological site, Knossos.
We invited you to take part in a range of free, engaging tours and activities across the Museum to explore and imagine the past.
During the day you were able to paint your own fresco, listen to storytelling, have a go at digging like an archaeologist and more.
This event was part of the UK's annual Festival of Archaeology which focuses on the theme of ‘Archaeology and Creativity’, with UK events taking place from 15–30 July 2023.
SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY:
Dig Deeper!: 11am-4pm, Forecourt
Use your trowel like an archaeologist to find and report artefacts
Family Tours: 10.30–11am, 12.30–1pm, 2–2.30pm & 3.30–4pm, Level G, The Greek World / Cast Gallery
Encounter myths and legends on this Family Tour through the Greece Gallery
Palatial Pastimes: 11am–4pm, Level 1, Islamic Middle East Gallery
Play a replica of the board-game that was found at Knossos
Make-your-own Bronze Age Ring: 11am–4pm, Level 2, West Meets East Gallery
Make and take home your own snake ring
Handling Replicas: 11am–4pm, Level -1, Atrium
Handle replica artefacts
Tales from Greek Mythology: 12.30–1pm, 2–2.30pm & 3–3.30pm, Level -1, Atrium
Listen to tall tales and fabulous fables with Tanya Bentham
Paint-your-own Knossos Fresco: 11am–4pm, Level -1, Learning studio
Create and take home your own fresco
Etch-a-Sketch Labyrinth: 11am–4pm, Level -1, Atrium
Design your own labyrinths using an Etch-a-Sketch
Money, money, money!: 11.30am–3.30pm, Level -1, Money Gallery
Handle genuine coins from across the globe
- Make a Digital Palace: 11am – 4pm, Level -1, Headley Lecture Theatre
Join in with the team from the School of Archaeology and have a go at creating a digital 3D model and discover how digital tools are used to build our understanding of history
This past event has now taken place.