The exhibition will take place at the Streetlife Museum in Hull.

Hull to host finale of Festival of Archaeology 2021

The annual Festival of Archaeology, which takes place in locations all over the country, will finish in Hull this summer.

The Hull finale will take place this Sunday, 1 August, and will include a programme full of events and activities in three locations at Museums Gardens, Trinity Square and Beverley Gate.

Councillor Rosemary Pantelakis, portfolio holder for culture at Hull City Council, said: “Hull is a historic city, with a rich heritage, and we are constantly unearthing and discovering new secrets and treasures, hidden beneath our feet.

“I am delighted that we are hosting the finale of the Festival of Archaeology this year and look forward to seeing our incredible history put in the spotlight.”

The Festival of Archaeology is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of archaeology.

Archaeologists have begun work as the prelude to an exciting new extension to house a visitor and heritage centre at Hull’s historic Minster.

Archaeologists working at Hull’s historic Minster in Trinity Square.

The Festival encourages people of all ages to discover the places and archaeology that is all around them, exploring their local areas and the stories of the people and communities who live there. The Festival began with a launch event in Leicester in July, which was the start of a two-week celebration and discovery of all things archaeology.

Council for British Archaeology executive director, Neil Redfern, said: “I’m very excited for the return of the Festival of Archaeology for 2021, which is set to be our biggest and best yet. I’m delighted to see the breadth of events being held across the UK once more, following last year’s primarily virtual festival.”

Below is the programme for the Hull finale of this year’s Festival of Archaeology –

Museum Gardens

During the day there will be wandering medieval characters along the high street, and a high street trail.


Archaeology of South Blockhouse

CitiZan: Display  of Coastal & Intertidal zone project with Pop-up foreshore

Fjordr Ltd: Dr Antony Firth, Display on R.38 Zeppelin Crash

Bookable tours (book at the event)

11am: Archaeology of the Museums Quarter  (30 minutes)

11am: Imagery, Imagination and Interpretation  (45 minutes)

12pm: Archaeology of the Museums Quarter (30 minutes)

12.30pm: Imagery, Imagination and Interpretation (45 minutes)

1pm: Archaeology of the Museums Quarter  (30 minutes)

2pm: Imagery, Imagination and Interpretation (45 minutes)

2pm: Archaeology of the Museums Quarter (30 minutes)

Event Marquee (in Museum Gardens)

(Max Capacity 50 people) no booking required, first come first served basis

11.30am: Petruaria Uncovered Presentation

12pm: Fjordr Ltd: Dr Antony Firth, Presentation on R.38 Zeppelin Crash

12.30pm: CitiZan and you! Video footage of CitiZan Projects and Q&A with the team

Booking required for the afternoon events

You can book tickets here.

1.15pm: ‘Welcome’ by Neil Redfern and Cllr Haroldo Hererra-Richmond

1.30pm: In Conversation with Time Team’s Professor Carenza Lewis

1.55pm: Archaeology Achievement Awards Launch


Trinity Square


Discoveries from Trinity Burial Ground

Archaeology of the Minster

Petruaria Revisited – excavation information and handling activity

11am-3pm: Call our Bluff – Object (or laminated photo) ID with Finds Specialist

11am-3pm: Funny Bones (craft activity

11am-3pm: ‘My-seum’ Activity – members of the public create their own museum (drawing activity)

Tour – book on the day, tours are every half hour

12pm-2.30pm: Guided chantry chapel visits to view the recently discovered medieval church foundations (max 10 people)


Beverley Gate: No booking required

11am-3pm​: Whitefriargate High Street Heritage Action Zone

11am-3pm: ​East Riding Archaeology Society (ERAS) and Whitefriargate HSHAZ will have information stalls and display of artefacts in gazeebos. ERAS will also be using a resistivity meter on the grassed area next to Beverley Gate.

12pm-3pm: ​Brief 10 minute presentations throughout the afternoon on the history of Beverley Gate, also on the work of ERAS.


You can find out more here.

Roadworks will take place in Hull.