Must Farm event programme

Must Farm event programme

1 Jun 2024 - 1 Sept 2024

Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery

Peterborough Museum are hosting an exciting programme of events alongside the Introducing Must Farm, A Bronze Age Settlement exhibition, including expert talks, exhibition tours, hands-on workshops and family activities.

Must Farm event programme

Online Talks

Following the publication of the report on the Must Farm settlement, hear from the archaeologists and specialists involved in the excavations and post-excavation research to discover the most up-to-date research and theories about the site.

All talks will take place online, beginning at 7:30pm.
Joining details will be sent to attendees, via email, 24 hours before the talk start time, alongside a troubleshooting guide to access them.

An Introduction to the Must Farm Pile-dwelling Settlement

Speaker: Dr Chris Wakefield, Cambridge Archaeological Unit
Thu 6 June, 7.30pm

The Must Farm pile-dwelling settlement is one of the best-preserved Bronze Age sites ever discovered in the UK, consisting of stilted roundhouses built above a river channel that burnt down in a catastrophic fire almost 3,000 years ago. This talk provides an overview of the site and the 2015-16 excavations, detailing how archaeologists uncovered the fascinating story of a Late Bronze Age community and pieced together the history of this incredible site.

Ticket: £8 per person

The Foods of the Woods: The animals of Must Farm

Speaker: Vida Rajkovača, Cambridge Archaeological Unit
Thu 13 June, 7.30pm

Amongst the roundhouses and the pots, a remarkable collection of animal bone was found, revealing how the community engaged with the environment around them, the animals and their foodways. Perfectly captured in time, the richness of evidence found has also allowed us to get at how the food was collected, prepared and consumed. This talk covers the methods and the results of the zooarchaeological analysis, it explores the food choices and the relationship with animals in the site’s broader setting.

Ticket: £8 per person

Wooden artefacts from the Late Bronze Age settlement at Must Farm – specialism, craft and use.

Speaker: Michael Bamforth
Thu 20 June, 7.30pm

Nearly 200 wood and bark artefacts were recovered from the Late Bronze Age stilted settlement at Must Farm. The settlement was destroyed by a catastrophic fire, less than one year after construction, with the buildings of the settlement and their contents collapsing into the soft muds of the river below. The completeness of the assemblage, which includes a variety of bowls, hafts for axes, gouges and spears, textile tools and a complete tri-partite wheel, gives us a rare chance to see the tools used by people 3000 years ago. The artefacts provide valuable insights into how tools were made, what they were used for and perhaps even who made them.

Ticket: £8 per person

Tours, workshops and Under 5s

Introducing Must Farm, A Bronze Age Settlement Exhibition Tour
First Saturday of the month, 3.35pm

Join one of our experienced guides for a tour of the Introducing Must Farm, a Bronze Age settlement exhibition. Discover the remarkably preserved and unique objects from the site, the story they tell of 'cosy domesticity' destroyed by catastrophic fire 3,000 years ago, and their implications for our understanding of Bronze Age Britain. Plus, get hands-on with replica artefacts made based on evidence from the site.

Duration: 40 mins
Tickets: £5 per person

Tours are also available for private group bookings at a time which suits you. Please contact Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery on 01733 864663 or museum@peterboroughlimited.co.uk

Willow Weaving (Basket) Workshop
Sat 22 June, 10am - 4pm

Willow artefacts, including eel traps, have been found in the ancient river channel at Must Farm. In this workshop you will make a small round willow basket with a simple track border. Suitable for beginners. Please note, this workshop does required reasonable strength and dexterity in both hands to manipulate the willow for the full duration of the workshop.

Our expert weaver has been working with willow for over 15 years, and won the Basketmaker of the Year Award 2017 from the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

Ticket: £85 per person


All tools and materials will be supplied and lunch will be included.

Tiny Tots: Archaeology
Sat 8 June, 10.15am - 11.15am

Get hands-on and dig for treasure, enjoy puzzles and have fun with water play with your under 5s in this archaeology themed Tiny Tots session. Inspired by our Introducing Must Farm, A Bronze Age Settlement exhibition, this session includes sensory/messy play and storytime. Perfect for confident walkers to preschoolers.

Tickets: £4 per child

Plan your visit today to see some of the remarkably preserved and unique objects that have been uncovered by Cambridge Archaeological Unit including pottery, textiles and jewellery. See an artists impression of what every day life was like 3,000 years ago.

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