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See ‘Art for all the family’ in our Around the galleries section in this issue, for more events at the Ashmolean and at other galleries this summer. For archaeological finds from further afield, the Ashmolean’s show ‘Heracles to Alexander the Great’ is on until 29 August, and we have a review of a new book on Herculaneum in our July issue.
British Festival of Archaeology, Saturday 16– Sunday 31 July 2011. Every year organizations across the country take part in events showcasing the best of British archaeology. Get involved to see archaeology in action and learn about your local heritage.
Archaeology on Your Doorstep with BBC Radio Oxford, Saturday 16 July 2–5 p.m. Celebrate Oxfordshire’s archaeology and discover local history on your doorstep. Bring in your own discoveries to be identified by experts; join a BBC Hands on History trail around the Museum; object-handling sessions in the atrium; a sandpit of discovery for under-5s; and speak to local archaeologists about their work. Free, no booking necessary.
Ashmolean CSI Friday 22 July, 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. A behind-the-scenes look at the Ashmolean Conservation Laboratories where the Museum’s expert team examines the evidence to conserve the Museum’s priceless collections.
Free, booking essential, to reserve a place email [email protected] or telephone 01865 278 015
Roman Art and Archaeology Tour Thursday 21 July, 11–12 p.m. A tour with the Museum’s Keeper of the Department of Antiquities. Dr Susan Walker is a specialist in Roman art and archaeology. Free, no booking necessary.
Highlight Trail of British Archaeology, 16–31 July. Pick up a list of British finds from the Information Desk and discover your heritage at the Ashmolean.