On Saturday 17th November 2018 a pop-up archaeology exhibition will appear for one day only in the Waterside Shopping Centre, Lincoln. Visitors can turn up at any time between 10am and 4pm to explore games and hands-on displays telling how children’s playthings unearthed by residents in an archaeological dig of a 1960s council estate proved the value of a controversial, innovative post-war approach to social housing.
Featuring photos and videos about the excavations at the Middlefield Estate in Gainsborough, the exhibition will enable visitors to get hands-on with some of the finds, including long-lost toys, discarded sweet wrappers and other everyday items that tell a story of growing up in post-war Britain. Residents who took part in the dig will talk about what they learned about social housing and why it’s important. There are table-top games for children, prizes in ‘archaeology bingo’, and even edible test pits to enjoy. Visitors can add their own childhood memories of outdoor play to a special memories box. This free event, organised by archaeologist Professor Carenza Lewis and co-researchers at the University of Lincoln, forms part of the national Being Human Festival led by the University of London, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the British Academy.
For more information, visit: https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/really-a-dig-on-a-council-estate/