Breaking Ground: Female Archaeologists at Avebury

28 October – 18 December 2019
Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University – open to all.

Last year this exhibition marked the 100 year anniversary of some women gaining the right to vote in Britain. It brings to light the contributions made by female archaeologists in the twentieth century at Avebury’s Stone Circles & Henge, National Trust World Heritage Site and the wider archaeology field.

Curated by BU’s Damian Evans and Bethan Bailey. Staff and students in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University have had a long and fruitful association with the Avebury WHS, and worked closely with National Trust staff and with many farmers and landowners who have kindly facilitated surveys and investigations.

A selection of objects from the Alexander Keiller Museum’s collection have been scanned and 3D printed for this exhibition, part of an MRes project by Bethan Bailey to investigate how archaeological objects can be made accessible to people with mobility difficulties.

Out in the landscape of Avebury, BU has been involved in several projects, including:

Extensive Geophysical Surveys
Discovery and plotting of many previously unrecognized sites in partnership with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institute and the National Trust.

Between the Monuments / Living with the monuments
Investigating the character of human settlement in the Avebury landscape, Arts and Humanities Research Council funded collaboration.

Virtual Avebury
A 3D fully immersive VR simulation of prehistoric Avebury allows participants inside the model to experience the site as never before. Collaborative project with BU, National Trust Daden Ltd and Satsymph, funded by AHRC/ Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Human Henge at Avebury
A multi-disciplinary Heritage Lottery Fund project investigating the value of historic landscapes as a way of the enhancing mental health well-being of people with long-term mental health issues.

The Breaking Ground exhibition was created by the Alexander Keiller Museum in Avebury who have kindly loaned it to the University for display. It has been produced in association with the National Trust and TrowelBlazers. We are delighted to host this celebrative exhibition; it will be on display in the Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot campus until 18 December 2019.