About this Event
Archaeologists are currently excavating the ruins of a medieval palace, built and occupied by the Prince-Bishops who ruled England’s northern border in the middle ages. Their homes would have been filled with beautiful medieval art, including tapestries, manuscripts, and all sorts of decorative objects.
In this live, online experience, you will get to:
- See examples of the kind of medieval art that would have filled these palaces
- See real artefacts from the excavation
- Learn some basic drawing and illustration techniques to create your own art inspired by what you’ve seen
- Meet our archaeologists, and our artists
- Ask questions!
The session will begin with a short visual tour of medieval art, drawing from the rich history of illustration, architecture, and fashion.
You will then be led in some basic drawing techniques and exercises to help you create your very own medieval art!
This will truly be a totally unique class and we are very excited to get drawing with you all!
Will I be able to watch the event afterwards?
Yes, we’ll share a recording of the event afterwards with everyone who registered, which can be accessed for a limited period of time. If you can’t make the live event, don’t worry! We also offer tickets for access to the recording.
More about this site
This dig is one of a series being delivered by Dig Ventures to revitalise the history, heritage, and landscape along the River Skerne.
It’s being made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Durham County Council’s Archaeology Section, and Durham Wildlife Trust.
Bishop Middleham Castle, on the outskirts of Bishop Middleham, presents a tantalising opportunity to learn more about two key areas – early medieval buildings, and how the Bishops of Durham extracted wealth from their land.