Events

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

Suffolk Archaeology Open Day 2017

Suffolk Archaeology Open Day 2017

Saturday 22nd July 2017

10am - 4pm. Suffolk Archaeology Warehouse, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8NZ

We will beholding our second Warehouse Open Day in Needham Market on Saturday 22nd July as part of the CBA Festival of Archaeology 2017. Visitors will be able to find out what we have been doing over the last 12 months as well as test their skill at several hands-on workshops for all ages throughout the day.We will also be running our popular Archaeo-Café in support of a local charity.


This is a free event with no booking required.The yearly Festival is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology in partnership with Historic England and consists of hundreds of events nationwide during late July, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.


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'​Treasures from the Earth' at Brandon Country Park

'​Treasures from the Earth' at Brandon Country Park

Wednesday 26th July 2017

10am - 3pm. Brandon Country Park Visitor Centre, Bury Road, Brandon, IP27 OSU

Suffolk Archaeology's Outreach Officer Alex Fisher will be attending this event which is being hosted by Brandon Country Park, in conjunction with Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, as part of the CBA Festival of Archaeology 2017 with sponsorship from Breaking New Ground in the Brecks.

Experts from the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service will be there to identify your archaeological and geological finds, give you a chance to handle real archaeological finds from Suffolk, and to tell you about the rich archaeological and natural heritage of the Brandon area.

Alex will be there to show to visitors what it is that Suffolk Archaeology does, and what discoveries we have made over the past year, and will have a selection of displays, finds and replicas to look at.

This is a free event with no booking required.

Brandon Country Park event page

SCC Archaeology Twitter


'Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge'  - Geophysical Survey Demonstration

'Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge' - Geophysical Survey Demonstration

Thursday 27th July 2017

High Lodge Visitor Centre, Thetford Forest, IP27 0AF

The Open Day at the High Lodge Visitor Centre will see the launch of the Forestry Commissions 'Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge' project which has recently been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The two year project will see the creation of a new heritage trail through the forest and will include opportunities for the public to explore and research the history of the landscape through a series of Day Schools, workshops, family events and programs of archaeological survey and investigation. Suffolk Archaeology has already carried out earthwork surveys of the proposed trail routes and, at a later date, will be leading a program of training, survey and and archaeological excavation for volunteers.

Suffolk Archaeology's Geophysics Officer, Tim Schofield, will be present throughout the Open Day providing a demonstration of geophysical survey using an Earth Resistance Meter. If you've ever wanted to try your hand at geophysics now is your chance as visitors will be able, on a first come/first served basis, to have a go at carrying out the survey and learn about what it can reveal hidden below the ground. With evidence of past activity such as prehistoric and medieval earthworks being known throughout Breckland, and the sites more recent use as a Ministry of Labour camp in the early/mid 20th century, we hope the survey will have some interesting results which you'll be able to see on the day.

Our Outreach Officer Alex Fisher will also be in attendance, with a display of Suffolk Archaeology's work and recent discoveries.

Site entry is free for the day and volunteers from the Friends of Thetford Forest will also be onsite to provide information about the heritage project. Alternatively you can visit the Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge webpage to find out more.

RAF aerial photograph of High Lodge in 1946

Ministry of Labour camp at High Lodge - 1930s postcard


Images supplied courtesy of the Forestry Commission and the Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge project.


'Suffolk Textiles through Time' - Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 4th Wheeler Conference

'Suffolk Textiles through Time' - Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 4th Wheeler Conference

Saturday 16th September 2017

Lavenham Village Hall, CO10 9QT

Suffolk Archaeology's Jo Caruth will be one of the speakers at the 4th Wheeler Conference, hosted by the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. The conference will explore 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.

After a series of morning lectures the conference will include a guided tour of Lavenham buildings, including the Guild hall and Church, and a weaving/spinning demonstration.

Visit the SIAH webpage to find out more about the conference programme and purchase tickets.


Past Events

Past Events

A short list of our most recent events:

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.


24th-25th October 2016: Geophysics Open Day at the Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre

A second visitor participation day, using a different surveying technique (earth resistance), allowed over 100 visitors to the Sutton Hoo centre to try their hand at geophysical survey.


22nd October 2016: Isleham, Cambridgeshire - excavation display

160 visitors came to see our display of results, held in partnership with the Isleham Society, from a small excavation carried out at Isleham during May 2016.


24th September 2016: Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham: A Royal Centre of the East Anglian Kingdom

We were delighted to be the lead sponsor for this highly successful one day conference presenting the results of archaeological investigations in Rendlesham from 2008-2014, and provided a small display on our recent excavations of an Anglo-Saxon settlement at Kentford, Suffolk.


18th September 2016: Excavation Open Day at Marham Park, Fornham All Saints

390 visitors came to our second, onsite open day at Fornham All Saints to see the recent developments as the excavation neared completion.


30th July 2016: Suffolk Archaeology Open Day

Over 300 visitors came to our Open Day, held as part of the 2016 Festival of Archaeology, 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 learn about the Hands on Heritage project and our other outreach activities.