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Festival of Archaeology - Digital Week

Saturday 11th - Sunday 19th July


This year, the Festival of Archaeology is celebrating with Digital Week. Throughout the week we will be sharing our archaeology collections through an online display, blogs, quizzes and more. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for the upcoming content below.


Sketch Friday 

Friday 10th July

Every Friday, we post an object or artwork in our Sketch Friday group on Facebook to inspire members to create their own piece of art. This week we will be posting an object from the archaeology collections based on the theme 'treasure' and in celebration of the Festival of Archaeology.


Join the group here on Facebook to post your artwork. We will accept submissions throughout the week, so don't worry if you can't post anything on Friday.


Higgins Highlights

Saturday 11th – Sunday 19th July

On our social media channels, we have been sharing objects from the collection that will be on display when we’re able to have visitors in the museum again and this week we’ll be focusing on items from the archaeology collections. Follow us on social media to enjoy from home: FacebookInstagram, Twitter


Bedfordshire Timeline

Saturday 11th - Sunday 19th July

Take a virtual walk through time and explore some of the archaeological objects that were discovered around Bedfordshire. All of these items are on display in the museum which you can visit when we’re able to have visitors again. Click here to view.


Five Facts, One Object

Saturday 11th July & Sunday 19th July

On our Facebook and Instagram story, we will be sharing five facts about an object from the archaeology collections. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to enjoy from home.


Mystery Objects Quiz

Tuesday 14th July

Can you guess what these mystery objects from the archaeology collections are? Have a go at the second part to our Mystery Object series and test your archaeology knowledge. Click here to play. 



Wednesday 15th July

Have a go at these new archaeology themed jigsaws made from the collections. Play against the clock and see how fast you can finish them. Click here to play. 


Blog: Three Glittering Bowls

Thursday 16th July

Discover the story of three glittering bowls that were found in Sandy in 1856. Find out how old they are, their purpose, and how they were discovered in our latest blog post here. 


Rubbish Art Competition

Think you’re rubbish at art? What about getting arty with rubbish? The Festival of Archaeology is inviting you to get creative and give your rubbish a new lease of life. Recreate your favourite archaeological sites and objects out of things you would otherwise throw away or recycle. Cut, sew, stick, paint or papier mâché some amazing #RubbishArt! 


There are three age categories; under 13 years, 13-18 years and over 18. The closing date for the competition is 31st July 2020.


Find out about how to send in your entry and the prizes you could win here: