Being Human 2018: The Middlefield Dig Pop-up Archaeology Exhibition

    November 17, 2018 10:00
    Waterside Shopping Centre, Lincoln

    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.

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