Swindon’s first archaeology conference next month

By Barrie Hudson - 10 October 2022

  • The conference will be held at Steam on Saturday, 12 November

    The conference will be held at Steam on Saturday, 12 November

Steam and Swindon Museum & Art Gallery are to hold their first archaeology conference.

The gathering, planned for Saturday, 12 November between 10am and 5.15pm, is being held in honour of Bernard Phillips, a leading member of Swindon’s archaeological community who was heavily involved in the excavations of its most iconic sites.

People who attend are promised a packed programme provided by professional archaeologists, community groups, academics and researchers, who will look back at Mr Phillips' contributions to the understanding of the history of the Roman Swindon as well as the excavations at Littlecote Roman Villa.

There will be updates on the recent excavations along the Southern Connector Road, the geophysical surveys of Durocornovium, excavations at Wroughton which are revealing traces of Roman and Saxon settlement, and work in advance of the developments at Wichelstowe Farm.

Cllr Matty Courtliff, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage, Leisure, and Town Centre Experience, said: “I am delighted we will be showcasing Swindon’s rich archaeological history through this inaugural exhibition and it is particularly poignant it's being held in Bernard’s memory, who was such a champion of the borough’s past.

“Over the years, archaeological digs that Bernard was involved with have uncovered some magnificent Roman remains and these are still being discovered to this very day as we have seen with the recent finds the Wanborough Road and Southern Connector Road sites. 

"This event will highlight the best of them for all to learn more about our local history.

“I encourage all to book onto this event at the Steam Museum to learn more about Swindon’s ancient history.”

The day will also include updates on long-running specialist investigations at the Roman complex at Groundwell Ridge and the Roman Chiseldon cauldrons, now at the British Museum. 

Archaeologist and specialist publishers will have stands to explore.

The Roman Swindon and Environs Conference is billed as a great day for anyone interested in what lies beneath Swindon and its locality.

Tickets cost £22 and include a buffet lunch.

The conference is being held in collaboration with Wiltshire County Council Archaeological Service and Wiltshire Museum, and is kindly sponsored by the Association of Roman Archaeology.

The conference programme ticket details can be viewed at www.steam-museum.org.uk/RomanSwindon


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