Wessex Archaeology

Wessex Archaeology

Learning with Wessex – an exciting way to explore science, literacy, technology, the arts and history using archaeology. All our activities offer young people the opportunity to engage empathetically with people from the past, through hands-on exploration of real archaeological artefacts.

Wessex Archaeology

At Wessex Archaeology we promote experiential learning, allowing young people to discover archaeology for themselves.

With a dedicated team of STEM Ambassadors who bring specialist experience in archaeology, geography, geology and physics, we believe that archaeology is a rare and tangible means of enhancing young people’s exploration of national curriculum subjects.

Steering clear of traditional ‘show and tell’ teaching, our archaeology sessions encourage personal discovery while meeting key learning outcomes.

Our award-winning Discovery Sessions enable young people to grow their understanding of STEM, using archaeology as a creative stimulus for their learning.

We enable young people to explore for themselves the lives of people in the past through hands-on discovery, active learning, Q&A discussion and dressing up!

Explore our menu of archaeological school activities on the Wessex Archaeology website. These include:

– Archaeology assemblies

– Discovery sessions

– STEM workshops

– Messy afternoons

– Attendance at careers fairs

Loan Boxes

Wessex Archaeology loan boxes are unique. As well as featuring beautiful archaeological material excavated by us, all our loan boxes contain 3D prints, environmental samples and dressing-up equipment. The boxes inspire young people to explore the science of materials in a whole new way, comparing and contrasting cutting-edge 21st-century tech with ancient technologies.

Loan box activities encourage young people to engage empathetically with the artefact they contain, considering who owned, used and left the objects behind. And all our boxes contain supporting information, empowering teachers to relate the contents to science and literacy learning aims.

For more information about our learning sessions and loan boxes visit wessexarch.co.uk/education

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Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome,


Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,








+44 172 232 6867

Opening Hours

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£2 per child
Minimum in Group: 5
Maximum in Group: 40


Portway House, Old Sarum Park, Salisbury

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