Reconstructing the Past: from the land to the lab

27 May – 26 September 2009

The summer 2009 exhibition explored the science behind modern archaeology using an innovative and exciting new design. The displays tracked the journey of four different archaeological finds from before their discovery until they were ready to be exhibited in a museum. The fascinating exhibition was split into separate areas including ‘The Finds Tent’ and ‘The Lab’ and had lots of interactive activities for the whole family.

The museum also welcomed Craven primary schools to the exhibition and the pupils were able to work as archaeologists and conservators to investigate the past using state of the art scientific equipment. The exhibition was been funded by Renaissance Yorkshire as part of the Land to the Lab project.

Using the digital microscope in 'The Lab'
'The Lab' area Sorting objects inside 'The Finds Tent'