Dive deep back into thousands of years of history at a special event to be live streamed from Harborough Museum

The museum will be hosting an online experience as part of the Festival of Archaeology alongside Charnwood Museum and Melton Carnegie Museum

Friday, 16th October 2020, 2:02 pm
Updated Friday, 16th October 2020, 2:04 pm
Pat Fox served in the Women's Land Army herself, wrote a book about her fascinating experiences and gave many talks over the years about those momentous times.
Pat Fox served in the Women's Land Army herself, wrote a book about her fascinating experiences and gave many talks over the years about those momentous times.

You’ll be able to dive back thousands of years deep into history at a special event about to be live streamed from Harborough Museum.

The museum will be hosting an online experience as part of the Festival of Archaeology alongside Charnwood Museum and Melton Carnegie Museum.

All three market town museums in Leicestershire have invited art and heritage expert Deborah Miles to choose an object from each site's collections.

Deborah used to work in the University of Leicester’s archaeology and ancient history department - and now runs her own business, DM Artology.

She will lead an online archaeological Illustration workshop, where visitors will learn more about the fascinating objects carefully excavated from around the county.

They can then bring them back to life by drawing them - with Deborah’s expert help and guidance.

The treasures which will be going under the spotlight are:

* An Iron Age tankard handle from the Hallaton Treasure at Harborough Museum

* A Roman bird-shaped plate brooch from Goadby Marwood at Melton Carnegie Museum;

* A palstave axe head from the Rothley Hoard at Charnwood.

Ahead of the free workshops, which will be live-streamed, people are being encouraged to visit each museum’s website to see what they will need to take part and learn a bit about the object they will be drawing along with Deborah.

Harborough Museum is urging everyone to share their illustrations and their favourite archaeology after the workshop.

The free event is taking place at 10.30am on Monday October 26 at Harborough Museum.

Cllr Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for heritage and arts, said: “We really looking forward to getting people involved online with this exciting project.

"People of all ages are interested in archaeology.

“Everyone can join us to see the fascinating process of bringing to life a sometimes unrecognisable object that has been discovered and carefully excavated.

“It should be an inspiring event."

Harborough Museum, based at the Symington Building on Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, is also staging a special exhibition about the life of local Land Army veteran Pat Fox.

The thought-provoking wartime attraction will be run until Thursday December 31.

The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was created in 1917 during the First World War as a means of replacing men leaving the land to join the military.

The WLA was disbanded at the end of the war in November 1918.

In June 1939 the land army was reformed as the Second World War with Nazi Germany loomed on the horizon.

Initially the government relied on volunteers but conscription was enforced from January 1942 at the height of the bloody six-year conflict.

Harborough’s local WLA attachment was based at a purpose-built hostel in Lubenham.

The display is exploring this history of the Women’s Land Army in Lubenham and features objects from Pat Fox.

She served in the WLA herself, wrote a book about her fascinating experiences and gave many talks over the years about those momentous times.