24 July 2006

Archaeology Day

A tale of two archaeology weekends this time. After the spectacular success of last weekend's open day in Wednesbury we had the more down to earth event at Ironbridge. It perhaps didn't help that we clashed with the event organised by the Madeley Living History Project, who had lots of funding and lots of people doing things in the centre of Madeley shopping centre.

Sophie with 10% of the visitors!

The contrast with last week is still surprising to me. Over 700 people came just to look at the Wednesbury excavations - basically big hole in the ground with some old walls, at the end of a road behind the railway sidings and next to the motorway. And then we do an interactive 'hands on' archaeology event in the historic heart of a World Heritage Site and perhaps 40 people turn up! A bit disappointing to say the least.

Next year will be better!

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