Current Archaeology’s October Listings: exhibitions, events, and heritage from home

There are lots of great opportunities to get stuck into history and heritage this autumn, whether you’re looking for conferences, exhibitions, or archaeological days out. If you would rather get involved at home, though, there are a wider variety of resources on offer, from new virtual museums and digital tours of heritage sites to podcasts, blogs, TV shows, and more. Amy Brunskill has put together a selection of some of the options available.


Ad Gefrin Centenary Celebrations

Ad Gefrin, South Road, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6NJ, 21-22 October  

Image: Ad Gefrin, © Freak Films

Ad Gefrin Anglo-Saxon Museum and Whisky Distillery will host an archaeology- themed weekend to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Brian Hope-Taylor,  the archaeologist who led the excavation of the Anglo-Saxon royal palace 70 years ago. The Acle Early Medieval Re-enactment Society will conduct craft demonstrations, showcasing activities similar to those that once took place in the palace. On Saturday, a series of lectures will be presented by the Bamburgh Research Project and Professor Sarah Semple from Durham University, accompanied by a visit to the Ad Gefrin archaeological site and a light buffet; the package costs £40 and can be booked online now.

Archaeology Day with Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust and the Council for British Archaeology Wales

Hafan Yr Afon, Back Lane, Newtown, SY16 2NH, 11 November 

CPAT and CBAW invite you to a day of archaeology-themed talks and exciting project updates from across the heritage and archaeology sector in Wales. With speakers from Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, the Early Mines Research Group, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the University of Liverpool, and more, as well as a wide variety of pop-up stalls, there will be plenty on offer for anyone interested in the country’s history and archaeology. Tickets cost £10, or £5 for CPAT friends and CBAW members.


The Sussex Landscape Transformed:  an overview

Kings Church Hall, Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY, 14 October

The Sussex School of Archaeology and History hosts a one-day conference looking at major changes that have shaped the landscape of Sussex as we see it today. Seven speakers will consider various topics and periods from the Neolithic to the 20th century. The full programme can be seen online. There will be poster displays, too, by Sussex archaeology and history groups, and bookstalls. The fee for the day is £30 (or £20 for full-time and award-bearing students), or £15 to attend the symposium online via Zoom. 

Archaeology and Antiquarianism 

Thomas Deacon Academy, Queen’s Gardens,  Peterborough, PE1 2UW, 21 October 

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of E T Artis’ book on the Roman town of Durobrivae, the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust is holding a day of talks looking at prominent figures during the transition from antiquarianism to archaeology. Experts from across the country will explore the roles played by these antiquarians, how they influenced the generations of archaeologists who followed, and how we make sense of the past. Tickets cost £25, or  £15 for students. Tickets are not available on the day, so book now!

The Battle of Assandun 1016

Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT, 14 October 

The Essex Record Office presents a mini-conference exploring the history of the Battle of Assandun and the project that set out to discover its location. The conflict, which took place on 18 October 1016, set the scene for the events that occurred 50 years later at Hastings, and the Norman Conquest of England, but little is known about the battle itself. A series of talks will be delivered by members of the Battlefields Trust-sponsored project team, who are currently investigating the battle and trying to find where it took place. Tickets cost £13. 



Museum of the City of New York, USA 

Discover the Museum of the City of New York through a variety  of digital resources, from online collections, exhibitions, and archives to audio tours and video content.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, Beyond My Ken

The Virtual Steelpan Museum, Caribbean 

Find out more about Trinidad and Tobago’s vibrant cultural  heritage with this new virtual museum showcasing the steelpan’s origin, evolution, and global impact, available on the Spatial app.

Blair Castle, UK

Explore the chambers and gardens of Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, and see how this historic building was transformed from medieval fortress to Georgian mansion and, finally, to Victorian castle. 

Ghazali Monastery, Sudan

Learn about daily life for the Nubian monks who lived in the monastery at Ghazali during its heyday in the mid-10th to mid-12th centuries with these interactive 3D models and virtual tours.


The Shetland Archives

The Shetland Museum and Archives have launched their newly digitised catalogue, which features hundreds of documents and oral history recordings that provide an insight into life in historical Shetland.


Peter Stenzel Image: Peter Stenzel

Rogue Classicism

Discover a wealth of news, resources, and useful links related to Classics and the ancient Greek and Roman worlds on the regularly updated Rogue Classicism blog. 

So You Think You Can Rule Persia?

Find out more about the history of ancient Iran with this podcast reviewing all the kings of Persia from Deioces to Yadzegerd III, rating them on everything from their stewardship of the empire to their faces.

Ancient Art Archive

Enjoy pictures of ancient rock paintings and engravings, as  well as links to more information, on this Instagram account  from the Ancient Art Archive, a non-profit dedicated to sharing humanity’s oldest stories. 


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Follow the story of the Colosseum through 300 years of Roman history, from its grand opening in AD 80 to the final games after Rome’s decline in the 4th century AD, in this new BBC series.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, FeaturedPics

The Queens That Changed the World changed-the-world

Meet six queens who wielded power and influence through their strength, character, intelligence, and charm, from Hatshepsut and Boudica to Elizabeth I and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Vanished Wales

Discover lost Welsh communities and landmarks as Adeola Dewis journeys across the country to uncover the stories and the people behind forgotten sites of history and heritage.

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Work out which cultural monument is hidden within layers of AI-generated plasticine by guessing the correct letters in its name with this new game from Google Arts & Culture.

Deep History Coast App

Get stuck into the prehistoric history of the Norfolk coast with this new app offering guided walks complete with augmented-reality features, as well as games and activities.