Museum of Oxford event invites children to dig into Oxford’s past

Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

The Museum of Oxford will invite children to dig into Oxford’s past with an event this weekend.

Children aged five to 10 will be able to take part in hands-on activities that will help them learn about archaeology and the history of Oxford.

The free event, called Oxcavation, will take place at the Museum of Oxford’s Old Museum, in St Aldate’s, between 5.30pm and 8pm on Saturday (29 October).

During the event, families will have the opportunity to make crafts, handle objects and have a go at archaeological techniques.

A trail around the activities will give families clues to help them identity a mysterious skeleton found at the Westgate archaeological digs.

Oxcavation has been entirely created and managed by the museum’s Young Innovators, a group of volunteers aged 16 to 25.

The group have held the successful Played in Oxford and Damifino events at the museum in the last year.

The event is also part of the Museums at Night festivities, which will see museums across the country open their doors until late.

David Juler, Oxford City Council museum development assistant, said: “The Young Innovators always create original events.

“Their approach means that the Museum of Oxford can produce something exciting and new, but linked to what the museum is all about: telling the story of the city and its people.”

Hanna Smyth, 24, one of the Young Innovators, said: "We really enjoy organising these events. The Museum of Oxford provides us with a great opportunity to work as a team, while also enhancing our heritage and communication skills.

“Our last event was geared at young adults like ourselves, so for Oxcavation we are very excited to engage with local families.”

Museums at Night, which takes place in May and October, is coordinated by Culture24.

Rosie Clarke, campaigns officer of Culture24, said: “Inviting kids to get inspired and carry out their own archaeological investigation is a really creative event idea which families in Oxford will love.

“The twice-yearly Museums at Night festival aims to inspire new visitors to discover the fascinating cultural and heritage highlights on their doorstep, and getting hands-on and trying something different under the guidance of the museum’s Young Innovators sounds terrific.”

Families are encouraged to drop in, and to expect that a visit will last approximately one hour.