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Let's be archaeologists!

Be an archaeologist and make your own discoveries about Liverpool and the surrounding areas. Carry out excavations of Prehistoric, Roman, Viking, Tudor or Victorian sites, whilst learning about the importance of evidence and investigating the finds.

This session can be booked Monday to Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

hands digging with trowels in a tray of earth

© Paula Parker

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: English, Geography, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • Free
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Workshop details

The session begins on the Museum of Liverpool’s timeline in the History Detectives gallery which provides a 38 metre overview of Liverpool history and includes more than 700 objects. Discussion introduces pupils to the work of archaeologists and the Manchester Dock excavation is used to highlight how an archaeologist uses clues from the past to tell us about people’s lives at different times. The geographical location of the Museum is explored as it is built on the site of the Manchester Dock.

The use of archaeological tools and digging techniques are demonstrated.  Pupils then have an opportunity to be archaeologists and make their own discoveries about Liverpool and the surrounding areas. Classes explore four time periods chosen from Prehistoric, Roman, Viking, Tudor and Victorian. Please inform the bookings team which time periods your class would like to explore.

Discussion during this session is highly interactive and focuses on the archaeological finds pupils uncover at each time period. The discussion is guided both by Museum and teaching staff and encourages pupils to focus, observe, and interpret the objects for themselves. Focus questions include what materials objects are made from, who might have used them and what they tell us about the lives of the people who used them?  

A minimum of four adults is required to accompany groups for this session.

Groups may like to combine this session with self led exploration of the Museum of Liverpool’s timeline.