Suffolk Archaeology endeavours to provide information about an excavation to the public, either as it happens or soon afterwards, recognising that such fieldwork can be a rare event and of great interest to the local community…
Wherever possible we try to allow the general public access to our excavations, to see any discoveries first hand and experience how an archaeological dig works, by organising include open days or guided tours. Any such events will be listed on our website news page or will be advertised in local press or our social media accounts. Where access is limited due to time constraints or health and safety issues, we aim to provide external viewing areas and noticeboards.
Suffolk Archaeology staff are involved with a variety of other local or national archaeological or heritage organisations such as RESCUE and the Ipswich Archaeological Trust and can offer a range of talks or presentations on aspects of Suffolk archaeology and history. We regularly give talks or presentations to local groups (e.g. local history societies), usually about past or recent projects that we have carried out in Suffolk. Please contact us to find out what we can offer and book a talk.
We can also arrange temporary or permanent displays of the results of our excavations, ranging from simple noticeboards in local community centres to curated displays in our local museums such as Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich Museum or Mildenhall Museum, the latter being where the 'Lakenheath Warrior' currently resides.
To find out about any Open Days, talks or other Suffolk Archaeology events coming up in the next few months please click the link below...
Suffolk Archaeology recognises that archaeological discoveries can be of great interest to the public and that informing local communities directly or by using social, local or national media outlets can be a great way to inform as broad an audience as possible.
Where possible we try to publicise the results of ongoing or recently completed fieldwork in the media, with projects often appearing in articles in the local press such as the East Anglian Daily Times or Bury Free Press, or on local radio or TV programmes.On occasion our sites garner national or international interest, the most notable perhaps being the discovery of the nationally important early Anglo-Saxon horse and warrior burial at RAF Lakenheath which achieved international publicity and its own episode in the BBC Meet The Ancestors TV series (Series 2, Episode 1 ‘Warrior’) and featured in the 2013 follow up series Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited (Episode 4. The First Anglo-Saxons).
We are also happy to respond to requests for advice or information from media organisations researching or producing possible articles or programs. Suffolk Archaeology staff have previously been involved in various TV programmes, including Time Team, Time Flyers, Meet the Ancestors and The Great British Story, as presenters, on-screen experts and diggers.