|9 to 9.30am||All meet at Red House Antiques Centre, 1 Duncombe Place, York (just opposite the Minster), for coffee and a quick get-to-know-you session.|
The day begins when John Oxley will arrive to meet up with us. John is Archaeologist for the City of York Council, and was the main liaison officer between them and Time Team during the dig, who will give of his time for free. We will then go to St. Leonards Hospital grounds, where part of the dig was carried out. Then we will visit the Multangular Tower. Both these are in the gardens of the Yorkshire Museum so, no great treks between one and the other.
There is a website for the Multangular Tower at: http://www.york.gov.uk/walls/romans/multower.html for those who would like to know a little more about it.
|From there, we cross the river to the Royal York Hotel, which is where the Roman burial ground and Mausoleum was. In the entrance to the conference facility of the hotel, there is a display case with some finds from the dig, plus two wall boards telling the story. So far, this visit to the hotel is fine as there are no bookings for the conference facilities that morning. This could, however, change and they have promised to let me know immediately should it do so.|
|Lunch||We then make our way back to St. Williams restaurant for lunch. John will be our guest, here.|
|After Lunch||We will make our way to Walmgate, with John continuing as our guide. On the way, we will stop for points of interest to be shown to us. At Walmgate, aspects of the Viking occupation of York will be explained. During his time with us, John will also discuss other matters regarding the archaeology of York, work in progress and anecdotes about the Time Team dig. He will also answer any questions (as long as we don't get too bogged down with them). After our visit to Walmgate, John will take his leave of us.|
We will then make our way back to the Barley Hall, which was the location of the 1999 Christmas Special (although, I have been told that TT have been there three times). We should be at the Barley Hall for about 3pm. Web site: http://www.barleyhall.org.uk
Here, we will have a costume guided tour (that is, the guide will be in costume) at a cost of £3.00 per person. The tour takes about 1 hour, and there will then be time for questions - for which about half an hour is allocated. This will take us through to about 4.30pm. This will leave about half an hour or so for any shopaholics to be parted from some of their cash.
|5 to 5.30pm||We return to Red House Antiques Centre for the end of day meeting. For those who have worked up a thirst during the day, they do have a license.|
I am particularly pleased with this days itinerary, as the whole thing is Time Team themed.
For those who wish to do their own thing at some stage during the day, there is the Jorvik Centre, the Archaeological Resource Centre, Cliffords Tower, and a host of other things to see and do. The Minster is open until 8pm and, although entry is free, you are asked to make a donation.
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