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Festival of Archaeology Weekend - 16/07/18

The Ashmolean are set to host a fantastic programme of free events this weekend exploring all things Anglo-Saxon and Viking as part of the National Festival of Archaeology. This weekend (Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd July) will be your opportunity to come and talk to The Master Stonemason of The Guild of St. Stephen and St. George and meet several of his apprentices who will be performing carving demonstrations on the museum forecourt. Alongside the project pieces that apprentices have designed especially for the event, they will carve a stone ‘henefatafl’ board for a 10th Century gaming workshop, another exciting event taking place in the museum for the festival. Members of the public are also cordially invited to witness an historic event as the stonemasons’ Guild make their first ceremonial Guild procession in Oxford since 1736! Their processions will set off at 10:15am, on both Saturday and Sunday, from the magnificently carved portico of the Museum of the History of Science (the Ashmoleans original home) and passing: The Bodleian Library, The Sheldonian Theatre, Trinity College, Balliol College and St Mary Magdalen and The Martyr’s Memorial before returning to The Ashmolean to start the event.