Happy Birthday DIG!

L-R Lizzie Dawson, Sarah Strong and Kim Wilson celebrate DIG’s 10th anniversary with an archaeology-inspired cake!

Issued 31/05/16

York’s home of hands-on archaeology for kids reaches its first decade of uncovering the fun side of history and is inviting you to celebrate with them.

How different the world was in 2006, things we take for granted today were just in their infancy; Facebook had just allowed anyone over the age of 13 to open an account with them, a Tweet wouldn’t be sent until July and the iPhone wouldn’t be available for another year. In York, the city was bracing itself for the launch of a new visitor attraction, one that would take a subject that many thought uninteresting and turn it into an interactive experience that would keep kids; big and small entertained for years. That attraction was DIG – An Archaeological Adventure.

“There was already a fully immersive heritage experience in York, at JORVIK Viking Centre, but we, as an independent educational and archaeological charity, wanted to showcase the world of archaeology to a wider audience. Not just the evidence and what it can tell us, which is what we do at JORVIK but the actual process involved. This then became inspiration behind DIG, a hands-on archaeological adventure for kids and we are so happy to see it flourishing a decade on.”

Commented Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions at York Archaeological Trust, the owners of DIG.

Indeed, in the 10 years that DIG has been open they have welcomed over 463,000 visitors, ranging from families on holiday to scores of school children from across the country who have dug, delved and discovered the past.

“DIG has become a firm fixture on many schools’ visits to York. From digging in the DIG pits with our archaeologists to taking part in workshops in our dedicated learning area – anything from Viking battle tactics to Roman-Age hearth and home, we cover over 2,000 years of the city history in one venue.”

Continued Sarah.

As with anyone reaching the milestone age of 10 a party is required to really celebrate – and that’s just what the team behind this much loved attraction are planning on June 4th. Visitors have been promised games, puzzles, competitions and of course cake – as what kind of party is it without cake?

“Visitors will be in for a treat on the 4th June, as not only will they be able to take advantage of the full DIG experience but they will also be invited to one special birthday party with everything that any 10 year would love – games, cakes and prizes galore!”

DIG’s 10th birthday party takes place on Saturday 4th June, between 10am and 4pm. Normal admission prices apply. For more information visit www.digyork.com or call 01904 615505.


Image Caption: L-R Lizzie Dawson, Sarah Strong and Kim Wilson celebrate DIG’s 10th anniversary with an archaeology-inspired cake!

Selection of DIG images from the past 10 years also available on request.

Notes to Editors

  • DIG – An Archaeological Adventure opened its door on 1st April 2006, since that time it has welcomed over 460,000 visitors
  • Funded by a £750,000 grant from the Millennium Commission plus support from Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
  • St Saviour’s’ Church, the home of DIG once hosted the Archaeological Resource Centre, York Archaeological Trust’s storage site and educational outreach
  • DIG is the sister attraction of JORVIK Viking Centre, which will reopen in spring 2017 following a re-imagining after flooding in December 2015

DIG is part of The JORVIK Group of Attractions, a collection of 5 York attractions, owned by York Archaeological Trust.

JORVIK Viking Centre, which will reopen in spring 2017 following the flooding in December 2015.

DIG, a hands-on archaeological adventure for kids

Barley Hall, a restored medieval townhouse, right in the heart of the city of York

Richard III Experience at Monk Bar & Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar, located on York’s city walls, these experiences showcase the influence the last Plantagenet and the first Tudor monarchs had on the city.

More information: www.thejorvikgroup.com/press


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