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 us.
Suffolk Archaeology Project Officer Martin Cuthbert was one of four expert speakers at this conference being hosted by Place Services, as part of their Traditional Building Skills and Conservation Courses Programme.
Martin presented the results of the Eighth in the East, a Heritage Lottery Fund project which ran from 2013 to 2016 and for which he was the community archaeologist. The project looked at the archaeological impact of the Eighth US Army Air Force on the East Anglian landscape and involved members of the general public, local museums and airfield enthusiasts in documenting and recording the surviving archaeological remains.
Over 170 visitors came to our 3rd annual Open Day in our warehouse in Needham Market where they were able to meet members of our team and see displays of recent fieldwork and post-excavation projects by Suffolk Archaeology, the Suffolk Archaeology Field Group and the Elmswell History Group. Visitors were also able to have a go at activities such as weaving and wood whittling with volunteers from Hands on Heritage, try on Roman military equipment provided by the Colchester Roman Society, listen to the story of St Edmund as told by children's author Hatty Ashton and view documentary on the Witches of West Suffolk by Bring Out Your Dead Productions.
In partnership with the principal contractor Morgan Sindall we held a coffee morning to display the results of the archaeological excavation carried out earlier this year ahead of the construction of the West Suffolk Operations Hub in Fornham St Martin, on behalf of West Suffolk Councils.
Over 30 people came along to see the evidence we had discovered for occupation and agricultural activity/landscape management in the Bronze Age, Iron Age and into the Roman period, view some of the finds and talk to the archaeologists involved.
Suffolk Archaeology led 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 search for the site of the medieval Downham Warren High Lodge was carried out by a team of volunteers over the course of three weekends in January/February 2018 with Suffolk Archaeology staff providing training in carrying out two kinds of geophysical survey and test-pit excavation, supplemented by a post-excavation training workshop in June 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.