Digital Archaeology Festival

Digital Archaeology Festival 27 Jul 2020 - 01 Aug 2020

Our 8th annual Archaeology Festival is still alive but is now online only in response to the current pandemic. It is part of the Council of British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology.

Click on these links to find out more and watch some interesting films about archaeology in Lincolnshire.

The main events are:

27th July - Is it ethical? - Kevin Manvell gives a thought provoking 20 minute lecture discussing Pre-Christian votive objects and the ethical issues regarding how they are displayed in museums. 

28th July - Ancient Egypt at The Collection  - We have created a short film about some of our Egyptian artefacts; can you spot the fake?  Gallery tour - A film taking a tour of the archaeological gallery. The enjoyment will be real even if the visit is virtual.

29th July - The Castle: Castle Oddities - A 20 minute film about some of the more obscure and overlooked parts of Lincoln Castle (with a peak into places you can't normally see). Plus, for the first time in two hundred years, see how a lion used to guard the gate! Bath House finds - A film about finds from the Bath House in Lincoln Castle including some interesting pipes (including one with an anti-slavery motif).

30th July - Garden Archaeology - A three-minute long film about an odd object one of our staff found in their garden and how it led her to find out more about the Home Front in World War Two.

30th July - Artefacts of World War One - A talk about some World War One artefacts from the Museum of Lincoln Life that tell the story of that terrible conflict.

31st July - Archaeological Store tour - A video showing what happens behind the scenes, exploring the depths of our stores.

31st July - In Conversation with Laura Wilson and Dawn Heywood – A recorded conversation between artist Laura Wilson and The Collection's Senior Collections Officer, Dawn Heywood. This will introduce Laura's work and interests around The Collection's archaeology collection, working towards Old Salt, a new research-led project and performance, inspired by Lincoln's history and heritage, co-commissioned by The Collection and Usher Gallery and Mansions of the Future.

1st August - Posterngate tour - A six minute filmed guided tour of the Roman Posterngate that is hidden beneath the streets of Lincoln.

Join us online to help celebrate everything archaeological as part of our annual festival.

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Here is a link to a short film about the festival (note this was made some time ago so the details have changed): promotional film

Here is a blog about some interesting finds that have been made during Lockdown: Lockdown relics.

Activities for families

As part of the festival, we will be producing lots of fun activities and materials for you to download, ones related to The Collection can be found here, Castle related ones here.

Exploring the past - links for a digital adventure

To help get you started we have pulled together a list of some amazing sites that will help you to find out more information about the history of your local area or any other archaeological mystery you are keen to explore.

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record - a digital, map-based database of all of the known archaeological and historic sites and monuments in the county.


Lincs to the Past - a website that focuses on providing access to several Lincolnshire heritage collections.


Heritage Gateway - a website that brings together records related to the historic environment from across England.


Lincs about town – An exciting project surveying the history, archaeology, and development of 30 of Lincolnshire's towns! Headed up by our Places Team and funded by Historic England. Holbeach, Market Deeping and Boston have been surveyed and you can download the reports.


Ice Age Journeys – a series of films about Ice Age life from Ice Age Journeys, a project started by FARI, a community archaeology group based at Farndon Fields near Newark. FARI are regulars to our Archaeology Festivals giving great interactive talks on prehistory.


Banks Newton Heritage – a series of films about local community heritage projects.


Dig and Discover – aimed at kids and parents, this website was developed by Network Archaeology for Lincolnshire County Council as part of the Eastern Bypass Project and contains some fun activities for younger archaeologists.


National Library of Scotland - if you are interested in exploring old maps, or using them to conduct research, this a fantastic resource.


The Historic Environment Skills project - This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery and supports two archaeology trainees to complete an NVQ Level 3 in 2019. Watch this short video to listen to their impressions of on-the-job training at live excavations with Archaeological Project Services and what it's like starting a new career in archaeology as a young person. 


Lincolnshire County Council's YouTube page – This host some interesting videos, including one about the archaeology of the Eastern Bypass and what you should do if you find some interesting artefacts (okay, if you insist: treasure!) washed up on the Lincolnshire seashore.


City of Lincoln HER – The City of Lincoln Council runs their own HER, which contains the records for monument and event that are found within the city of Lincoln.


National Heritage List for England – register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites (listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields).


Archaeology Data Service Library search – online repository for archaeological journals and grey literature reports related to excavations and surveys of historic sites and monuments.


Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography – online database of almost 500,000 images from across the UK, most of which date to the 1950s.


Britain from Above – online database of 1.26 million images, taken by Aerofilms Ltd. between 1919 – 2006.


Portable Antiquities Scheme – project run by the British Museum and the National Museum Wales to encourage the recording of archaeological objects that have been found by members of the public.


The British Newspaper Archive – millions of pages of historical newspapers, which have been scanned and made available online.