Archaeology Festival 2013

Master Surgeon: Those brave enough can meet him this weekend at Bradwell Abbey
Master Surgeon: Those brave enough can meet him this weekend at Bradwell Abbey

The oldest parts of Milton Keynes are steeped in history and one of the things we do best is combining the old with the new.

Nowhere better demonstrates this than the expansion of the eastern flank of MK, and the Friends of St Lawrence Church – in the Old Broughton Village – are keen to give interested people the chance to learn more about their corner of the ‘new city’.

The medieval paintings inside the church have quite some stories to tell –they were plastered over in the 16th Century, but rediscovered during an 1849 restoration, and are the pride of the area.

On Saturday, at 3pm, Professor Richard Marks will give a talk on the paintings to coincide with the Festival of British Archaeology.

Tickets are £8, which includes tea or Pimms and strawberries and cream.

Call 07966 341674 for tickets.

> MK Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey is supporting the Festival of Archaeology 2013, and will open its doors this weekend for Medicine Through the Ages.

A display of medical artefacts and talks on the history of medicine will feature between 11am and 3pm each day, and on Saturday you can enjoy herb walks and talks too, while Sunday presents fun activities for families in the herb garden .

A master-surgeon re-enactor will be on hand, along with gardener Brother Cadfael.

Guided tours of the Pilgrim chapel and medievel site, and plant sales and refreshments make this a great way to spend a couple of hours.

> In Olney, the Cowper & Newton Museum invites you to bring archaeological objects along to be identified by the visiting Finds Liaison Officer and her team on Saturday, while Sunday presents ‘archaeological awesome’ activities for kids and adults.

Dig in!