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The Big Dig

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We can adapt this session for older or younger children
Please get in touch for details

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Like most things, an archaeologist’s job is best understood by doing it.

Our Big Dig Archaeology Day gives your class the unique opportunity to use the tools and techniques of an archaeologist to uncover buried artefacts. The dig takes place in our mock trench on the historic Abbey Field in Chertsey.

During the morning the children will learn how to mark out an archaeological site and how to dig the site using proper tools. After lunch the children will investigate the artefacts they have dug up, as well learn about the layers they were found in.

The session takes place across the street from the museum, using both an outside trench and an indoor classroom space.

The session can also be adapted into a half-day session for KS1. Please call the museum for more details and pricing.

All-Day Activity Session in Abbey Fields

  • Short talk about the history of the area
  • Learn how to use an archaeologist’s tools
  • Excavate our mock trench
  • Object sorting and identification
  • Scale drawing of finds in the trench
  • Chance to theme the session to your topic, such as Romans or Anglo-Saxons

Cost: £170 - includes all materials

Cost listed for 2020/2021 academic year
Additional £10 booking fee applies to non-members

Maximum 32 children

Booking Sessions

Initial Enquiry

Please complete the enquiry form as the initial stage of booking a session at school or at the museum. If you would rather discuss your requirements with the Education Officer, or would like to join our schools membership scheme, please telephone on 01932 565764, or email  [email protected]

Sessions at the Museum

Please note that for sessions at the museum we recommend that you visit before bringing your group so that you can familiarlise yourself with the facilities, although a risk assessment is sent with all booking conformations. Lunch is eaten in the education room, or in the museum garden if the weather permits. The museum has 2 unisex public toilets, one of which is adapted for wheelchair use and the museum has flat access throughout. Your group can use the museum shop, or if you prefer, pre-arranged "goody bags" can be ordered, details of which will be sent with your booking confirmation.

Sessions at School

Our session deliverer will aim to arrive at school at least 15 minutes before the start of the session. Some of the sessions we offer involve the transportation of a large number of artefacts and props so if a parking space near to the venue can be reserved that would be extremely helpful. Please notify us if there is not flat access to the classroom where the session is to take place.