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Festival of Archaeology comes to Skipton

The Romans are marching into Skipton this weekend in a special free event as part of the national Festival of Archaeology.


Visitors to Craven Museum will be given the chance to examine key Roman items found in Craven in a 'Hands on History' event.

Children's activities include an excavation area, mosaic-making and Roman toga-wearing.

On Sunday July 16, two Roman Legionaries will be at the museum, and visitors will be able to find out what life was like in a Roman Fort like Elslack.

There will be child-sized Roman armour to try on and even the chance to take part in a Roman Army Drill.

Rachel Terry, Museum & Collections Officer at Craven District Council, said: "This promises to be a fantastic event for families and anyone else interested in the Roman period of history.

"Visitors can look at and handle artefacts from the museum's Roman Collection including mosaics, Roman glass and our own 'mysterious object', and there will be a special children's archaeology area.

"This is a great chance for people to come and explore, experience and enjoy the past, and bring it once more to life."

Events are taking place on Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16 from 10am to 4pm, at Craven Museum, Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton, BD23 1AH. The Roman Legionaries and Roman armour will only be visiting on Sunday July 16 from 10am to 4pm.

For more information on the Festival of Archaeology, go to and for more information about the events at Craven Museum, email or call 01756 706407.

The Festival of Archaeology is an annual celebration of all things archaeological, and offers more than 1,000 events nationwide, giving everyone of all age ranges the chance to come and discover for themselves different archaeology discoveries.

Coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), the UK's archaeology charity, the Festival is made up of events hosted and run by museums, heritage sites, local societies, community groups, national heritage bodies, national parks and volunteers right across the UK.