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Fascinating archaeology brought to life

Bringing history alive in online workshop

axe head

Leicestershire’s fascinating finds will take centre stage during next week's half-term break, when the county’s three market town museums host an online experience as part of the Festival of Archaeology.

Charnwood Museum, Harborough Museum and Melton Carnegie Museum invited art and heritage expert, Deborah Miles, to choose an object from each site's collections.

Deborah previously worked in the University of Leicester’s archaeology and ancient history department, and now runs her own business, DM Artology.

She will lead an online archaeological Illustration workshop, where visitors will learn more about the fascinating objects carefully excavated from around the county – and then bring them to life by drawing them . . .  with Deborah’s help and guidance.

The treasures which will be going under the spotlight are:

  • a Roman bird-shaped plate brooch from Goadby Marwood at Melton Carnegie Museum;
  • an Iron Age tankard handle from the Hallaton Treasure at Harborough and
  • a palstave axe head from the Rothley Hoard at Charnwood.



In advance of the free workshops, which will be live-streamed, people wanting to take part are being encouraged to visit each museum’s website to see what they will need to take part and learn a bit about the object they will be drawing along with Deborah. 

The museums are encouraging everyone to share their illustrations and their favourite archaeology after the workshop.

The free events are taking place on:

• Wednesday 21st October for Melton Carnegie Museum at 10.30am. Join at for the event and visit

• Monday 26th October for Harborough Museum at 10.30am. Join at for the event and visit 

• Tuesday 27th October for Charnwood Museum at 10.30am. Join at for the event and visit to find out more.

We're really looking forward to getting people involved online with this exciting project. People of all ages are interested in archaeology, and everyone can join us to see the fascinating process of bringing to life a sometimes unrecognisable object that has been discovered and carefully excavated. It should be an inspiring event.


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