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Cleaning the village

Posted by Steve Burrow on 16 July 2009
Cleaning the Celtic Village
During the Festival, staff at the museum are being helped by a group of volunteers who will ensure things run smoothly. Some have already made a start, helping with the cleaning up of the Celtic Village.
Contents of a roundhouse
Everything was cleared out of the roundhouses and given a belated spring clean.

Festival of British Archaeology 2009

Thousands of people visit the Celtic Village each month leaving little spare time for keeping up with the housework. Even worse, with summer in full swing everything is growing very very fast. Something had to be done!

With help from museum volunteers, extreme steps were taken. Everything was taken out of the roundhouses and cleaned. Outside the houses, vegetation was cut back, and the grounds were tidied. The result: two sparkling roundhouses.

Earlier in the year the third roundhouse became unstable and was taken down. Although sad in a way, this provided a great opportunity for a team from Reading University to excavate the ground upon which it had stood. So we learnt a lot from the controlled demolition of this house, but the work was not over. Piles of old thatch and soil still littered the Celtic Village, and these were cleared away by a team of United Nations' Association volunteers.

So the venue is ready, the events organised. Now we keep our fingers crossed for good weather.

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