Explore the world of archaeology at Abington Park Museum

Published: Friday, 29 July 2016

The Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is teaming up with the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) to deliver a day of archaeology-themed discovery and hands-on activities.

The event will be held on Saturday 6 August between 11am – 4pm and will be led by a MOLA Osteologist – a professional skilled in the scientific study of human skeletons.

There’ll be a range of hands-on activities and opportunities to learn throughout the day, with something for all ages to do.

Visitors will have the rare opportunity to learn about the archaeology of human remains and to have a close-up view. Activities will include the discovery of bones and the other things that archaeologists find during excavations of burial grounds. There will also be a trail around the museum for the family to enjoy and an opportunity to speak to the archaeological experts from MOLA.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said:

“Whilst the subject of bones and human remains may seem grim, archaeology and the study of these objects are an important part of learning about our ancestors and the history of humanity.

“Museums are the perfect place to educate others and tell stories spanning millennia using objects found by archaeologists.

“In fact, some of the key archaeological finds that help tell the rich history of Northampton and its people are on display in the Hamtun Gallery at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and are definitely worth visiting.”

The event and all activities on the day are free. Parental discretion is advised when determining the suitability of activities for children and viewing skeletons. Children must be accompanied by an adult.