15th – 27th of July 2024

Gloucester Civic Trust organises Gloucester Festival of Archaeology

In partnership with Gloucester Cathedral and several organisations and Heritage venues in Gloucester. Working together we bring a host of activities designed to appeal to residents and visitors alike by encouraging everyone to look up and down and explore the city for the day through a range of run and low-cost activities.

This year our theme is Gloucester under the surface. Through a series of talks in amazing venues like Gloucester Cathedral and The Folk of Gloucester, we will be shining a light on the amazing archaeology that has been undertaken in the city and exploring what it means for the understanding of the past.

whats on this week

Explore Gloucester’s ‘hidden’ history with lots to see and do, including:

Fascinating Talks

Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th July

Join us at The Folk of Gloucester, 99 – 103 Westgate  St, Gloucester GL1 2PG, for a series of fascinating talks.

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A 3D archaeology trail

Saturday July 27th, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Various venues in the Gate streets

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Eastgate Chamber Tours

Saturday July 27th at 11am, 12pm, 2pm 3pm.

We are opening it, especially for the Archaeology festival. Location: Eastgate Street, Gloucester. Meet outside Boots.

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Free Children's activites

Saturday July 27th, 10am – 4pm

The Folk of Gloucester, 99 – 103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG,

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FREE Children's Activities

Saturday July 27th | 11.00am – 3pm

Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX, Made possible by Gloucester Cathedral.

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Meet the Detectorists!

Saturday July 27th, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

The Folk of Gloucester, 99 – 103 Westgate street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG.

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Meet the Archaeologists and find out how you can get involved!

Saturday 27th of July 10am to 4pm.

The Folk of Gloucester, 99 – 103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG.

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+ Lots of free activites!

FREE Activities taking place at the Museum of Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral and The Folk of Gloucester on Festival Day which is the 27th of July.

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3D Interactive Art

Saturday July 27th, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Various venues in the Gate streets

One of the cornerstones of the Festival is the 3D Interactive art. The interactive art will be displayed on Saturday the 27th of July from 10 am to 4 pm and forms the stepping stones between the venues and encourages visitors to the festival to explore the city and consider the structures hidden below our feet.

There are seven pieces that hint at what lies beneath a particular area of the gate streets. These themes are: Bath House, Kings Board, Monks Passage, Roman Walls, the Cross, Tram, Civil War.

Eastgate Chamber Tour

Saturday, July 27th at 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.

The history of Gloucester from the 2nd century through to the 18th century is visible in the Eastgate Chamber. On Saturday 27th of July, we are opening it, especially for the Archaeology festival.

You will see the archaeological remains of the 2nd-century Roman gate and the 4th-century walls.

Remains of the 11th-century Norman gate are to be seen as well as the 13th-century tower and the 16th-century horsepool. Learn about the many uses of the medieval tower and the significance of the Eastgate during the Siege of Gloucester in 1643.

It’s a fantastic chance to explore a space that has so much to tell of Gloucester’s history.

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