Friday, 17 August 2018

Sketches of life on the dig

AN exhibition that offers a unique window into life on a long-running and now completed archaeological

AN exhibition that offers a unique window into life on a long-running and now completed archaeological dig opens at the Old Fire Station Gallery from tomorrow (Saturday).



Silchester: Life on the Dig documents the final year of an 18-year excavation carried out by University of Reading experts at one of the most celebrated Roman sites in Britain.

Artist Jenny Halstead was invited by Professor Mike Fulford from the university’s department of archaeology to spend nine weeks recording the life of the site through a series of sketches and paintings.

Jenny said: “I arrived at the site last year with sketchbook in hand knowing very little about the procedures of archaeology. It was a fascinating experience.



“From tools, equipment and generators to Portakabins, marquees and Portaloos — the grassy site was transformed into a lively, exciting and efficient working ‘village’.

“It has been a wonderful project. I hope visitors enjoy the exhibition and experience some of the excitement, expertise and camaraderie that I felt during those nine weeks.”

The success of Jenny’s period as artist in residence subsequently saw her collaborate with Professor Fulford on a book. Published by Two Rivers Press, this is due to be officially launched at the gallery in Upper Market Place, behind the town hall, on Friday, October 30. The exhibition itself runs till Tuesday, November 3, and is open daily from 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit the Old Fire Station Gallery’s page at www.henleytowncouncil.gov.uk



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