Meet the Archaeology

Explore a real excavation site to discover what archaeology can tell us about life in the past! Investigate and handle real artefacts.

Explore the galleries in the Roman Museum with our tour guide and explore important archaeologists of Canterbury’s history, and learn how artefacts were excavated! 

  • A man and a young boy and child investigating a large grey stone artifact with a magnifying glass.

Session details

On arrival please introduce yourselves at our main visitor information desk.

Our facilitator will greet you and show you where to put coats and bags and lead you into the Roman Museum where the session will take place.

You will spend 30 minutes with our facilitator, exploring the galleries in the Roman Museum to hear about important archaeologists of Canterbury’s history, and learn how artefacts were excavated! The group will have the opportunity to handle real archaeological artefacts from the museum’s collection.

Larger groups will be split in half to do each activity to ensure the smooth running of the session.

Timings

The session will last 1 hour. These can be booked any time during the museums opening hours, subject to staffing.

Capacity & Age Groups

Maximum numbers for the Meet the Archaeologist workshop is 32 pupils plus accompanying teachers. For larger groups we can split pupils into two groups and you can combine your visit with other activities or a museum visit at The Beaney whilst the groups take it in turns to participate in the workshop.

Beginner ESOL students, key stage 2 and 3, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.

Costs

£5.00 per pupil, accompanying adults are free. Min charge £70.

Lunch Rooms

Please do enquire if you require a lunch space and we will do our best to accommodate you. However, a lunch space cannot be guaranteed.

How to book

All schools and groups must book visits in advance. To book any of our workshops please complete our Online Booking Form. If you have specific requirements that are not covered by the Online Booking Form please contact the Learning Team by emailing: learning@canterbury.gov.uk.

Important Information

  • We advise that all teachers conduct a preliminary visit before arriving with their pupils.
  • Please ensure that all accompanying adults on your visit are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.
  • The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times.
  • Please arrive promptly ready to start your visit allowing time for traffic, coach parking and walking through the busy city centre.
  • There is no parking outside The Beaney or Canterbury Roman Museum. Coach drivers can book an appropriate coach drop off time at Canterbury Bus Station (5 minutes’ walk), or a parking space at Canterbury Coach Park (15 minutes’ walk)
  • If payment for the visit is not made on the day, we will invoice for the number of pupils originally booked or the number that actually visited on the day (whichever is higher). If a visit is cancelled less than 2 weeks before it is due to take place, we regret we will still require payment to cover incurred costs.
  • Payment is preferred 2 weeks in advance by cash, credit card or cheque payable to Canterbury City Council. In exceptional circumstances, and if no other payment method is possible we may be able to invoice.

Terms & Conditions

Payment can be made on the day of your visit in cash, by credit card or via a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council. If payment is not made on the day, we will invoice for the number of pupils originally booked or however many actually visited on the day (whichever is higher). If a visit is cancelled less than 2 weeks before it is due to take place, we regret we will still request payment to cover incurred costs.

Responsibility for children on site

Please ensure that all accompanying adults are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.

The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times including first aid and ensuring participants are engaged in the activity. The group leaders will be liable for any breakages or damage to Museum property or collections. Your staff should accompany your pupils at all times. Learning activities cannot be delivered by our staff unless your pupils are accompanied by relevant staff numbers.

Late arrivals

If your group arrives late, please note that the duration of the workshop may be reduced (to end at the scheduled time) in order not to run over into time booked by other later groups and therefore the workshop content may not be as advertised. The charges will remain as advertised.

Risk Assessments

Ahead of your visit please download and complete the relevant risk assessment.

Canterbury Roman Museum mosaic floor

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