Diggin' the past at Chelmsford Museum

Children will be able to dig up the past on Saturday 29 July at Chelmsford Museum as part of the ‘Mammoths, Mosaics and Metal Detecting’ fun day, organised by the Museum in Oaklands Park.

Future ‘Time Team’ archaeologists will be getting their hands on real Roman artefacts, a mammoth’s tusk, as well as discovering all about Roman Chelmsford and the fascinating Roman items that have been found in Writtle, with help from Heritage Writtle a local archaeological society.

Organising the event is Nick Wickenden, Museum Manager, Chelmsford Museum, he says: “This event is great for children to experience history in a ‘real-world’ setting rather than in a standard textbook. We’ve organised a wide range of activities for children such as Roman mosaic designing, 3D mammoth model making as well as clay oil lamp making. There will also be the opportunity to go water dowsing on the museum’s front lawn and to find objects with a metal detector. Other activities include a whole host of craft activities for children to try as well as a giant jigsaw of a mammoth to complete.”

Author and Chelmsford Museum Manager, Nick Wickenden will also be available during the day to sign copies of his book on Roman Chelmsford, which will be available to purchase for the special price of just £1.

An expert on identifying archaeological finds will also be on hand to help you identify your finds, and to talk about recording Treasure in Essex.

Entry to ‘Mammoths, Mosaics and Metal Detecting’ is free for adults and babies and £3 for children aged between 3 and 15. The event will run between 10am and 4pm. To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museumevents

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