CBA Festival of Archaeology 2024

The 2024 Festival of Archaeology will run from the 13-28 July

This year our Festival of Archaeology theme will be Archaeology and Community  

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2024 – the perfect opportunity for us all to celebrate the incredible grassroots groups, societies and individuals that share a passion for archaeology across the UK.  

At its heart, archaeology is all about people and how we explore and interpret the past through the lens of the present day. Archaeology has the unique ability to bring people from all walks of life together through our shared sense of community – what it meant in the past, what it means to us now, and how we can shape our future. 

CBA Festival website

Some local events:

West Berkshire Museum Treasure Through Time exhibition

West Berkshire Museum archaeology trail

Heritage explorer trail | The Vyne | Hampshire

Latest on Reading Gaol

A prison where celebrated Irish writer Oscar Wilde was once an inmate has been sold to an educational charity, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said. (press release 11th January 2024)

Reading Jail formally closed in January 2014 and has been empty ever since. 

A campaign to turn the Grade II listed building into an arts and community centre was supported by celebrities including Stephen Fry, Kate Winslet and Dame Judi Dench.

The government said the jail had been sold to the Ziran Education Foundation.

It said the charity’s plans for the site included an educational centre incorporating a museum and exhibition space.

Read the latest from MP Matt Rodda here

BAJ086 Published

Berkshire Archaeological Journal Volume 86 is now published.

A pdf of the full list of contents can be downloaded below

Copies will be distributed to all eligible members and subscribers.

Further copies may be purchased at the following prices:

  • Members: £16 + £4 postage and packing
  • Non-members: £20 + £4 postage and packing (overseas rates on application)

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