Community Archaeology news and events

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Exploring Magna Carta - Virtual Talks

Tuesday 15 June, 5pm - 6.45pm

15 June 2021 marks 806 years since Magna Carta was sealed at Runnymede. As part of the Runnymede Explored project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, this evening of two free talks offers an introduction to the Magna Carta and what life was like in Surrey at the time. The first talk will be given by Mike Page, the County Archivist of Surrey and is titled 'Runnymede, Magna Carta and All That'. The talk will consider the background to the events of 1215 and the subsequent history of Magna Carta and will briefly examine the place where it happened, as reflected in records at Surrey History Centre. The second talk will be given by Rob Poulton, Senior Archaeological Advisor for Surrey County Archaeological Unit and will focus on the Surrey landscape and society in the thirteenth century.

This live talk on Tuesday 15 June is now fully booked. However, a free recording of the talk will be available on Monday 21 June at 2pm. A video of the recorded talks will be played and National Trust archaeologists will be on hand live, to answer any questions. Tickets are free, please book a place to the virtual talks online.

This talk is organised by the Surrey County Archaeological Unit and The National Trust, and hosted by Surrey Heritage.

Wednesday volunteering sessions

Running throughout the year, 11am - 4pm

The Wednesday Volunteering sessions run from 11am-4pm at the Surrey History Centre throughout the year, and are open to anyone regardless of experience (or lack of!). Tasks vary from sorting environmental samples, cleaning finds and marking pottery. Places are limited and booking is essential. Please email if you would like to book.

For more information about the above activities and projects, please contact the Community Archaeologist on 01483 518737 or email