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Free heritage day launches Festival of Archaeology

Published on Thursday, July 7, 2016

ROMAN legionnaires, Viking warriors, medieval knights and Civil War soldiers will be brought to life by re-enactors at a free heritage day this weekend.

‘Bringing Our Past to Life’, a day of archaeology and history at Jewry Wall Museum, takes place on Sunday 10 July, from 11am until 4pm.

Visitors to the museum can watch living history displays, handle recent archaeological discoveries, and try crafts and games from the past. There will also be tours of Leicester Castle and Leicester’s historic churches.

The event will launch this year’s Festival of Archaeology in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Between Saturday 16 and Sunday 31 July, more than 70 events will be held across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland celebrating the area’s rich and fascinating archaeological heritage.

The programme includes guided walks and tours, presentations and talks, have-a-go events and family-friendly archaeology activities.

There’s the chance to view prehistoric hill forts at Breedon and Burrough Hill, tour one of the world’s first steam tunnels at Glenfield, or hunt for medieval gargoyles at Church Langton.

At Jewry Wall Museum, further festival activities will include Roman-themed crafts on Sunday 17th July, and the chance to make a mosaic on Sunday 31st July.

There will also be a talk on Emperor Hadrian at the museum on Sunday 24th July, and grand tours of the Roman bath house daily from 17th-31st July.

To find out more about the festival and to download a programme, go to