School children at DIG

DIG is an exciting attraction which enables learners to engage with archaeology in a hands-on way. Pupils can become archaeologists for the day and learn how we can use our discoveries to learn more about life in the past.

Sessions start with some archaeology training, where pupils will learn more about which materials survive and how archaeologists sort and identify finds to learn about different periods. Your class can put their enquiry skills to the test, using scientific thinking to consider objects from our fantastic collection and come up with their own interpretations about life in the past.

Pupils are then instructed on digging for archaeological finds and kitted out with the tools they will need to excavate a replica excavation site for themselves. Once inside the DIG pits, pupils can unearth artefacts from four different historical periods and discover more about the history of York over the past 2000 years.


COVID-19: We are now open to schools wishing to visit DIG and we have retained a number of measures to keep school visitors safe. Please note that the details on our education pages are all subject to change. Sign up to our Learning mailing list to get the latest news on our digital learning offer and available school visits programme. If you have an urgent enquiry, contact our Reservations department directly by phone (01904 615505) or email (

Find out more about visiting DIG here.