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Uncover the past at two-month Cotswold Museum show

Leaving no stone unturned in Cirencester’s archaeological past is the theme behind a two month exhibition which will open at the Corinium Museum in August.

The ‘Digging the Dirt’ exhibition will tell the tale of the town’s past as it celebrates the archaeological exploration which took place across Cirencester in the latter half of the 20th century.

The event – which starts on August 9th and continues until September 21st – is being held to celebrate 50 years of the Cirencester Excavation Committee, a group which was formed in 1958 to conduct archaeological digs in the town.

The uncovering of the Hare mosaic, Photo: Corinium MuseumIt was through the work of the CEC that the famous Hare mosaic was uncovered at the Beeches in 1971, and the exhibition itself will feature objects and archives from the excavations, as well as townspeople’s memories of the digs and the roles they played in them.

There will be old photographs on show for visitors and the chance to trade tales from the time, while you will also be able to learn more about the Corinium Museum and the role of archaeologists in the 21st Century.

The Corinium Museum’s Archaeological Officer Dr Alison Brookes said:  “This exhibition will not only showcase the objects discovered during the excavations, it will also feature the individuals who were involved. I am keen to hear from as many people as possible who remember the summer digs taking place during the 1960s and 1970s. If you would like to share your stories please drop into the museum on July 12th and help us record this important part of the town’s heritage.”

In conjunction with the Digging the Dirt exhibition, the Corinium museum will be hosting a series of events over the summer to celebrate the rich archaeological heritage of Cirencester.

These will start on July 12th with ‘Archaeological Reminiscences of Cirencester’ (11am-3pm), drop into the museum and record your memories of the digs in the town with Museum staff.  Did you take part in the numerous archaeological digs in the town? Can you spot yourself in a photograph? If you were involved in the excavations, as an archaeologist, volunteer or remember just passing by, we’d love to hear from you to document your memories and photographs. A special admission rate of £1 applies on the day.

Following this is a family workshop ‘What is Museum Archaeology?’ which is being hosted on July 20th and serves as an introduction to museum archaeology in a fun, hands-on way.  Booking is essential, normal admission charges apply.

Please contact the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611 for further details of any of the summer events, or email the venue on museums@cotswold.go.uk

Source: Cotswold District Council

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