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Talks and tours at Redcliff Quarter -

Talks and Tours at Redcliff Quarter

Thousands of people have been learning more about the history of Redcliffe thanks to archaeologists from Oxford and Cotswold Archaeology (OCA) who have been busy excavating the Redcliff Quarter site. In partnership with Bristol Open Doors and Heritage Open Days weekend, and to celebrate Bristol’s rich archaeological heritage, the archaeologists opened the site to the public on Saturday 15th September. A unique experience, accompanied by a temporary pop-up exhibition at St Mary Redcliffe Church, saw 662 people visit the site on the Saturday with 5,000 people visiting the pop-up exhibition over the weekend.

The site was then opened a further three times throughout late September and early October, for members of several local historical and archaeological societies, Bristol Forum members and local residents. Visitors explored the history of Redcliffe and the latest phase of regeneration. Some of the spectacular finds discovered over the past two months were on show.

Bristol and Bath’s Young Archaeologist Club (YAC) also visited the site, joining the archaeologists for some fun archaeological themed activities, inspired by the recent discoveries at Redcliffe.

Here’s what visitors had to say:

‘Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all the others who gave up their time on Saturday to put on such a special event. Everybody really enjoyed all the range of activities and it was such a treat to be able to actually visit the excavations at Redcliff Quarter.’

‘Just a little note to thank you and the team for providing us with the tour and information about the excavation on Saturday. It was good to know about the site and what had been discovered there, adding to our knowledge about the origins of the city we share today.’

Didn’t manage to make it one of these events? Don’t worry, you can still find out about any recent discoveries and the excavations here. A series of time-lapse and site videos have been produced, and a lecture series in Bristol is also planned for winter 2018.

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