Discover the wonders of underwater archaeology with fun, hands-on activities!
As part of the Festival of Archaeology, the University of Nottingham Museum at Lakeside, invites you to Under the Sea – a day of fun, informative and creative activities for visitors of all ages on Saturday 23rd July.
The event is based around the new exhibition A Greek in Egypt which opens at the Museum on 22nd July. Under the Sea is a free event which visitors can simply drop into any time between 11am and 4pm. The Angear Visitor Centre at Lakeside will be awash with fun activities, including handling the Museum’s own ancient Mediterranean artefacts, making your own ancient Egyptian figurines out of clay, trying your hand at some underwater archaeology yourself and testing your identification skills, and getting crafty by making a paper treasure chest or scuba diver.
Visitors will also be able to see the newly opened A Greek in Egypt exhibition. The exhibition will examine the ancient town and port of Naukratis on the River Nile. Founded in the 7th c BC it flourished for over a millennium. The exhibition displays objects from the British Museum; Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and the Ashmolean Museum.
Ellie Ball (Museum Creative Learning Officer) says: ‘This will be a great day out for all the family, and it gives visitors of all ages the chance to immerse themselves in the wonders of archaeology. At the Museum we are passionate believers that learning about the past can be fun and exciting, and this is the philosophy we’re bringing to the event on Saturday. Visitors will get the chance to do all kinds of amazing activities, so whether your interest is in getting a close look at ancient artefacts or having fun making things to take home, there will be something for you. Come along and join us, we’d love to meet you.’
This year the Council for British Archaeology is holding the 26th annual Festival of Archaeology, offering hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.