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

If you are looking for new ways to get stuck into history and heritage over the coming months, there are plenty of opportunities. From conferences and lectures to exhibitions and activities, there’s something for everyone. Or, if you would prefer to get involved from the comfort of your own home, there are lots of resources on offer, from online museums and virtual heritage site tours to digital databases and new documentaries. Amy Brunskill has put together a selection of some of the options available.


Beyond the Label: a Cheshire treasure, the Knutsford hoard

Museum of Liverpool ,14 October

As part of Liverpool Museums’ ‘Beyond the Label’ talk series, the Museum of Liverpool presents a talk from Vanessa Oakden, Curator of Regional Archaeology, about the Roman hoard discovered near Knutsford in 2012. The talk will discuss the significance of the objects – which consist of 103 coins, three brooches, and two finger rings – details from the excavation, and what happened next. Tickets for the talk cost £7 and can be booked online. Look out for details of other upcoming ‘Beyond the Label’ talks on the website as well. 

Image: National Museums Liverpool

Young vs Champollion: who deciphered the hieroglyphs?

The British Library, London, 28 September

Thomas Young was one of the world’s greatest polymaths; his rival, Jean-François Champollion, the world’s first professional Egyptologist. Find out how the interrelated and sometimes fractious efforts of these disparate personalities resulted in the 1820s Egyptian hieroglyphic decipherment, in this British Library talk. Andrew Robinson – author of biographies of Young and Champollion, The Last Man Who Knew Everything and Cracking the Egyptian Code – explains how the breakthrough required both a myriad-minded polymath and a single-minded professor, plus, of course, the Rosetta Stone. Tickets: £5-£10.

Images: courtesy of Andrew Robinson, © The Art Collection/ Alamy; The Art Archive/Alamy


Indo + Caribbean: the creation of a culture

Museum of London Docklands, London, Until 19 November

Between 1838 and 1917, around 450,000 Indians undertook the long journey to the Caribbean to work on plantations, as part of a new scheme to recruit workers following the end of enslaved African labour. This new, free display at the Museum of London Docklands explores the under-represented history of Indian indenture in the British Caribbean. The exhibition, which marks the 75th anniversary of Windrush, also explores the personal stories of Indo-Caribbean culture in London as well as migration to the UK today. 


Wiki Loves Monuments 

Online, September 2023 

The Wiki Loves Monuments photography competition, themed around historical sites, has returned. Wikimedia UK organises the UK branch of the competition, which runs throughout September. Anyone can take part by submitting photos of historical sites, and the images are released under an open licence, with the aim of using them to illustrate Wikipedia. It is an opportunity to share photos of local heritage and holiday snaps, and to go out and take new pictures. Full details of how to enter are available on the competition website.


SLHA and CBA-EM Joint Archaeology Conference

The Venue, Navenby, Lincoln, 14 October 

The Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology – East Midlands present a conference exploring excavation and finds from across the East Midlands, concentrating on the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Lectures will cover topics such as the landscape of Norton Disney Roman villa, new Anglo-Saxon treasures from Lincolnshire, and the Hallaton Helmet Assemblage. Tickets cost £25 for SLHA and CBA-EM members and £30 for non-members, and can be booked online through Eventbrite or via post using the booking form on the SLHA website. 



Nunalleq Digital Museum and Catalogue, USA

Discover what life was like in a 16th-century Yup’ik village on the shores of the Bering Sea with this digital exhibition featuring information and material from excavations at the site.

Jewish Museum of London, UK

The Jewish Museum of London has recently closed its doors in Camden; it hopes to reopen in a new home within five years, but in the meantime, there are a wealth of resources to explore online. 

My Son, Vietnam

Explore the My Son sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to a group of temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, which were built between the 4th and 13th centuries in the heart of the ancient Champa Kingdom. 

Image: Heba El Bgawi

Wolverhampton’s Old Hall, UK 

Find out more about the archaeology of an Elizabethan hall-turned-japanning factory in Wolverhampton with these online resources documenting the history of the site and its excavation.


National Institutes for Cultural Heritage Japan

Explore highlights from the collections of Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum, and other significant cultural institutions in Japan with the NICH e-museum.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, Wiiii

Inside a Genius Mind

Discover thousands of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches and writings gathered from 28 cultural institutions around the world, examine his paintings in closer detail, and interact with his inventions through 3D models.

Oh What a Time…

Enjoy this new comedy history podcast, which takes listeners on a journey through time, exploring a new subject each week, from fashion and holidays to laws and marriage. 

The Hunterian Glasgow YouTube

Find out more about the collections of Scotland’s oldest public museum and other relevant topics with a variety of informative videos on the Hunterian’s YouTube channel. 


Unknown: The Lost Pyramid

In this Netflix documentary, Egyptian archaeologists uncover new treasures at the famous ancient necropolis of Saqqara as they hunt for the long-lost pyramid of a forgotten Egyptian king.

Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer

Follow the life of Florence Nightingale and find out more about the extraordinary woman who revolutionised modern nursing and reformed healthcare at home and abroad.

Young V&A

Discover a variety of resources and activities from the newly opened Young V&A in the ‘Play Online’ section of the website, and learn more about the museum’s collections at the same time.

Museum of the American Revolution

Enjoy at-home crafts and activities, colouring sheets, and games related to American history with these family resources from the Museum of the American Revolution.

Joanna Lumley’s Spice Trail Adventure

Join Joanna Lumley as she travels around Indonesia, Zanzibar, India, and Madagascar, exploring the centuries-old spice trade and the flavours and cultures that have shaped the modern world.

Image: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra