Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society

Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology: Festival of Archaeology, Blaise Castle House

On Saturday August 3, 2019
BAAS Committee

A special event arranged by Bristol Museum that includes displays by local societies, commercial archaeologists, re-enactors, archaeology clubs, artists, musicians and many more.  There will be something for everyone and for all ages.  BAAS plan to have a display featured and volunteers to support this initiative are warmly welcomed.

Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology 2019 Line Up:

Abona paintings – Local artist Chris Molan displays historical illustrations including reconstructions of the Roman town of Abona and Bristol Castle.

Archeoscan – Learn about recent excavations at Ashton Court, explore finds from the site and discover how to get involved next year.

Avon Archaeology Ltd – Meet local archaeologists, find out about their latest fieldwork and discover how drones are used in archaeology.

Bath and Counties Archaeological Society – Visit displays showcasing BACAS’ recent projects and get hands on with their geophysics equipment.

Battle Archery Ltd – Have a go at archery! See how many targets you can hit on our pop up range.

Blaise Community Gardens – Meet our local gardeners and sample their home made refreshments.

Blaise Dairy Gardens – Explore the picturesque Dairy open especially for the festival.

Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society – Learn all about BAAS and their exciting programme of walks and talks.

Bristol Culture – Find out about M Shed’s latest exhibition Aardman: Animating Early Man and make a prehistoric inspired bracelet to take home.

Clifton Antiquarian Club – Hear about the club’s latest talks, field trips, excavation opportunities and work with younger archaeologists.

Cotswold Archaeology – Meet archaeologists to chat about recent projects, discover Bristol’s part in WWII aircraft production and decorate your own mini airplane to take home.

Costume – Try Iron Age, Roman and Medieval costumes on with the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

Egypt Society of Bristol & KEMET KLUB- Find out about the activities of your local Egypt Societies and take a guided tour to Victorian pioneer Egyptologist Amelia Edwards’ grave.

English Heritage – Meet archaeologists from English Heritage, learn about local sites and investigate finds from their amazing collections.

Friends of Blaise – Take an archaeologically inspired tour of the Blaise Estate and a trip to the Blaise Castle Folly.

The Little Book Lady – Browse Usborne Books archaeology and history range for children, have a go at one of their craft activities and listen to a story.

Marion Brown –  Make a bracelet Viking-style using the ancient art of trollen weaving.

Medieval Music Meet our medieval musicians, discover their collection of instruments and listen to tuneful music.

Portable Antiquities Scheme – Bring your finds to be identified by our friendly Finds Officer and make an Iron Age coin.

Prehistoric feast – Discover which foods were eaten in prehistory and try some tasty Iron Age treats with the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

SS Great Britain – Learn more about the SS Great Britain and its voyages with a giant map of the world, mystery objects and dressing up!

St Mary’s Church Henbury – Discover the fascinating history of the church on Blaise’s doorstep and meet parish historians.

Survival School Bristol – Discover the work of experimental archaeologists and learn some of the skills needed to survive prehistory with our excellent local tutors.

The Travelling History Company – Find out about archaeological outreach and bespoke excursions for primary schools, secondary schools and home educators.

The University of Bristol Meet staff and students to find out about their latest research. Have a go at ancient Egyptian inspired crafts and make a scarab beetle or a pharaohs mask.

Wessex Archaeology –Join our friendly archaeologists to hear about their latest fieldwork before taking part in a ‘mini excavation’, a fun packed quiz and making a prehistoric urn.

The Young Archaeologist Club – Find out what the Young Archaeologist Club have been up to, have your face painted like an Iron Age  warrior and make a prehistoric pot to take away.

Westencynn – Explore our Saxon camp with re-enactors practicing woodcarving, calligraphy, spinning, leatherwork and more. Watch combat demonstrations or train to be a mini warrior.