The DVIPs lecture programme is one of the things we are most excited about! As an added value to the field school, we have arranged for some of the biggest names in archaeology to deliver an evening lecture on their chosen subject. The speakers will join us on site during the day, and also share dinner with us after their lecture. We may even be able to convince one or two to camp with us!

Breaking News: Francis Pryor and Tony Robinson to give one-off ‘Open Air’ talks (Sat 4, Fri 10 August)

As if the three weeks of Flag Fen Lives isn’t enough, we’ve just had confirmation of two amazing open air talks by archeologist and Time Team regular Francis Pryor, who discovered Flag Fen in 1982, and the much-loved Tony Robinson. Call the Key Theatre box office NOW on 01733 207239. Tickets stricly limited.

Francis Pryor – the man who discovered Flag Fen PLUS Q&A with members of the Time Team

Saturday 4 August, 6pm

Flag Fen Archaeology Park, nr Fengate (The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough, PE6 7QJ)

One of the country’s foremost experts on prehistory, he was awarded an MBE for his discovery, excavation and promotion of this amazing site. Now a regular on Channel 4’s Time Team, Francis will take the audience back to Flag Fen’s heyday in the Bronze Age 3,000 years ago.

Special guests Dr John Gater and Raksha Dave will also join Francis for a Time Team Q&A session after his talk. John is head of the Geophysics team and has surveyed hundreds of sites in his time with the team. While Raksha is a regular in the Time Team trenches, as well as the Project Manager and head of DigVentures field school for the ‘Flag Fen Lives’ dig this summer! Both Francis and the Time Team will be signing books.

An Audience with Tony Robinson (Time Team, Blackadder)

Friday 10 August, 4pm

Flag Fen Archaeology Park, nr Fengate

Best known for presenting Channel 4’s hit archaeology series Time Team, and as Baldrick in TV’s Blackadder, Tony Robinson will be speaking at Flag Fen Archaeology Park on 10 August.

Tony delighted the crowds at the opening of the Museum in March and Vivacity is delighted to welcome him back to Flag Fen for this special one-off event.

Having been awarded numerous Honorary Doctorates for his work in public archaeology, Tony is also President of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. He will be talking about his personal experiences in presenting various historical programmes, including Time Team, and his love of archaeology. The talk will be followed by a chance for the audience to ask questions.

Pricing and booking tickets for both events

Ticket prices: Adults £10, Concessions (including children) £8, Vivacity Heritage Pass Holders, £5

To book tickets call the Key Theatre Box Office on 01733 207239.

Archaeologist Francis Pryor, who first discovered Flag Fen 30 years ago, will be back on-site for this exciting talk on 4 August.

Admission to the site is included in this ticket price. Those with tickets to this exciting talk will also have access to a special VIP area on-site, with a barbeque and beer tent. This is an open-air talk in the atmospheric surrounds of Flag Fen Archaeology Park, so please do come prepared for the weather (your guess is as good as ours!)

Confirmed 2012 DVIP lecturers:

Dr Francis Pryor, author and excavator of Flag Fen 4th AUGUST 

Prof Martin Carver, Editor, Antiquity and Professor Emeritus, University of York 25TH JULY

Dr John Gater, Geophysicist, GSB Prospection and Time Team 4TH AUGUST 

NB: this lecture will include a geophys masterclass during the day.

Julian Richards FSA MIFA,Archaeologist and writer, presenter of BBC’ s Meet the Ancestors

Professor Vince Gaffney, Chair in Landscape Archaeology and Geomatics, University of Birmingham

Gerard Twomey and Graeme Young, Bamburgh Research Project 10TH AUGUST

Catriona Moore, excavator of Edercloon and specialist in the archaeology of raised bogs and ancient wood technology

Bob Bewley, Director of Operations, Heritage Lottery Fund 3RD AUGUST

Please note: the DVIP lectures are open to the public as well. For just £5, anyone can join us to hear these fantastic lectures. The talks will also be available on our wesbite, in the SiteHut members area.

Stay tuned for more announcements about new speakers!