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Share your views on Cirencester’s past with Museum staff

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Remembering the excavations held in Cirencester will be the theme of a fascinating archaeology event being held at the Corinium Museum this weekend.

The museum will host its ‘Archaeological Reminiscences of Cirencester’ session on Saturday July 12th (11am-3pm), where visitors can come to the Cotswold District Council-owned venue and share their memories about the archaeological past of Cirencester.

The event is part of the celebrations to commemorate 50 years of the Cirencester Excavation Committee which was formed in 1958 to conduct archaeological digs in the town. The day will focus on local people’s memories of the excavations that took place during the 1960s and 70s.

During the event, visitors are invited to drop into the Park Street venue and record their memories of the digs with Museum staff.  Did you take part in the numerous archaeological digs in the town, or can you spot yourself in an old photograph?

If you were involved in the excavations, as an archaeologist, volunteer or went on one of the many guided tours, Museum staff would love to hear from you to document your memories and photographs.  A special admission rate of £1 applies on the day.

Following this is a family workshop ‘What is Museum Archaeology?’ which is being hosted on July 20th and serves as an introduction to museum archaeology in a fun, hands-on way.  Booking is essential, normal admission charges apply.

Please contact the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611 for further details of any of the two events listed above, or email the venue on [email protected]

[Photo shows the Bath Gate Roman Cemetery excavations in the early 1970s, and it is from the archives of the Corinium Museum]

Source: Cotswold District Council

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