Team DV’s first festival is HERE!
Join us from 22nd – 23rd September 2018 on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne for two days of archaeological excavations alongside lectures and Fringe-style family fun activities.
Can’t make it to Lindisfarne? Never fear! We’re hosting everything online via the DigNation ‘Virtual Festival’ for audiences around the world!
DigNation’s inaugural event is themed as ‘Dig for Mick’, and is planned as a celebration of the legacy of archaeologist and Time Team presenter Professor Mick Aston. Sir Tony Robinson, Mick’s co-host and lifelong friend, and the Patron of DigVentures’ Advisory Board, has helped to create the festival. In fact, the whole thing was his idea!
Tony wanted to host an event inspired by Mick’s mission to increase public understanding of archaeology and enable wider participation in the field, as well as recognise how the legacy of his work can be seen across academic, professional and public archaeology.
And, of course, to make it as much fun as possible, because Mick loved a party!
The lecture programme will draw on Mick’s varied career and celebrate his academic work, which inspired a generation of enthusiasts. Featuring many familiar faces as well as Mick’s students and colleagues, it will focus on the four main areas of his expertise – Monastic Archaeology, Medieval Settlements, Landscape Archaeology, and Public Archaeology and Science.
The excavations are part of DigVentures’ existing project on Lindisfarne with Durham University. We’ve been working on the island for the past two years and have already made some incredible discoveries; our trenches will be open during the festival, and tickets will be available for anyone who wants to jump in and try archaeology alongside our team.
In addition to the talks programme and dig, there will be a ‘Lab’ full of fun Fringe-style activities tailored for families, and a Saturday evening keynote lecture chaired by Tony Robinson. And then…a bar, and a band!
We are crowdfunding the festival so that everyone all over the world who loved Mick can join us in making this event possible. The event is independent and self-funded with no big corporates or other sponsors, because as Tony said in the video: it’s got to be EVERYBODY’s festival! There are just 200 tickets for the lecture theatre, and places in our trenches are very limited as well. If you don’t manage to nab a place to be there in person, never fear! We’ve done our best to throw to doors wide open with the Virtual Festival and other perks that will help everyone feel like they are on the island with us.
We need to raise £40,000 to make this event possible. If we don’t reach the full target, DigNation will still happen – however we will have to adjust the amount of digital coverage, ‘Lab’ activities and speakers to match the available budget. Any funding received over the target will be used to provide even more festival content, allocated to dig scholarships, archaeological charities supported by Mick, and further work to make archaeology accessible to everyone.
And, if you can’t be a part of the festival, just come and see the action! Lindisfarne itself is well worth a visit, and you’ll be able to see the trenches, visit our fabulous Finds Room, and mingle with the speakers and team.
Join us in launching DigNation, and helping Tony to throw the best party ever in honour of Mick Aston!
If you have any questions about what’s included, how to book, travel, accommodation, or other details – please read our FAQs first!
Do you do something creative and archaeological? Would you like to offer a session for the Lab? We’d love to hear from reenactors, artisans, folk dancers, musicians, crafters and anyone else with something to share at the festival. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org