Suffolk Archaeology regularly holds or supports a variety of public events, ranging from open days and site tours of our excavations, to displays and presentations about our work and the heritage of Suffolk.

We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for anyone to find out about what we do, meet members of our team or even see first hand our latest discoveries in the field as they occur.

If you would like to organise an event, book a talk or presentation, please contact Alex Fisher

‘Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge’ - Downham High Warren Lodge investigation

‘Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge’ - Downham High Warren Lodge investigation

Date to be confirmed: Finds processing/analysis and report writing workshop

10th/11th and 17/18th February 2018: Excavation weekends

27th/28th January 2018: Geophysics and Survey Weekend

Oak Lodge, High Lodge Visitor Centre, Santon Downham, Suffolk

Suffolk Archaeology has been commissioned to manage a community fieldwork project at the High Lodge Visitor Centre, Santon Downham, Suffolk as a part of the Forestry Commission’s Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge’. The project is to consist of a professionally led search for the site of the medieval Downham Warren High Lodge by a team of volunteers over the course of three weekends, supplemented by two post-excavation training workshops on site.

Downham High Warren was one of over 20 medieval rabbit warrens in the Breckland region of Suffolk and Norfolk, and was established by 1440 when it was probably owned by Ixworth Priory before passing into private hands in the 17th century and, in the 20th century, the Forestry Commission. While the warren has some of the best-preserved warren banks in Breckland the Warren Lodge that would have housed the warrener, a probable keep-like flint-built structure measuring c.9m square and similar to the still extant examples at Thetford and Mildenhall, has been wholly removed above ground-level although its approximate position became a post-medieval farmstead which is broadly known from historic maps and aerial photographs.

The main aims of the project are:

  • To identify, if possible the location and form of the former medieval Downham High Lodge and to establish its state and extent of survival.
  • To identify the layout, extent and state of preservation of the subsequent farmstead that occupied the site, and to identify its potential date of origin/development from the original Lodge.
  • To allow a group of local participants to develop a wide range of practical and analytical archaeological skills, from survey and excavation through to finds processing, identification and report writing.

To find out more, and to sign up and take part, visit the ‘Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge' website, or download a list of all the HLF project activities here.

Past Events

Past Events

A short list of our most recent events:

Saturday 3rd February 2018. Court Knoll excavations Open Day

Suffolk Archaeology's Jo Caruth delivered a presentation on the results of the 2016 community excavation at Court Knoll, the site of an early medieval church, as part of the Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society's project exhibition. Over 130 people attended the exhibition where Suffolk Archaeology also presented a visual display and some of the excavation finds.

Sunday 26th November 2017. Marham Park excavation Open Day

A final display of the results from the second phase of excavations at Marham Park, Bury St Edmunds which uncovered Iron Age and Bronze Age pitting, a continuation of the Bronze Age droveway, more Iron Age and Roman enclosure ditches and a tantalising second burnt mound complex.

Tuesday 10th October 2017. 'Ladies in Property Suffolk'

Suffolk Archaeology's Jo Caruth was a speaker at the 6th Ladies in Property Suffolk networking event, talking about her experiences in the commercial archaeological sector.

Saturday 16th September 2017: 4th Wheeler Conference

Suffolk Archaeology's Jo Caruth was a speaker at the 4th Wheeler Conference, hosted by the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, which explored the production of textiles in Suffolk; from the pre-medieval period, through to the medieval woollen cloth industry and silk production in early modern times.

27th July 2017: High Lodge Visitor Centre Open Day

As part of the launch event for the Heritage Lottery funded project 'Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge', during the annual open day at the Forestry Comission's High Lodge Visitor Center near Brandon, Suffolk we sent Tim Schofield and Ed Palka to carry out a demonstration magnetometer survey.

22nd July 2017: Suffolk Archaeology Open Day

Over 250 visitors came to our 2nd annual Open Day, held as part of the CBA Festival of Archaeology 2017 in our warehouse in Needham Market where they were able to meet our team, see displays of our recent fieldwork and post-excavation projects, and see demonstrations of pottery and bone comb manufacture.

13th May 2017: Archaeology Today conference

Suffolk Archaeology CIC held its first conference at the historic Quay Place (formerly St Mary at the Quay), at the waterfront in Ipswich on 13th May 2017. The event was a great success with over 100 people attending the presentation by our guest speakers of a wide range of heritage and archaeology projects from around Suffolk.