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Join our Heritage Open Days archaeology webinars - then watch the past brought to life in major new BBC HS2 documentary

September is an exciting time to learn about the mysteries of the past and how our ancestors lived as we host a series of fascinating online archaeology events as part of Heritage Open Days 2020. In addition, a major three-part documentary will be shown on BBC Two from Tuesday, September 15, exploring the discoveries found in Britain’s largest ever archaeological programme.

Before construction work began, and any track is laid, over 1,000 archaeologists, across more than 60 sites between London and the West Midlands, have been carefully uncovering the secrets of Britain’s past. The BBC series, ' HS2 – The Biggest Dig ' will focus on two major cemetery excavations – one adjacent to London’s Euston station and the other in Park Street, next to Birmingham Curzon Street station – the sites of our two new terminals.

For three years, our archaeologists have been giving TV documentary makers, Lion TV, exclusive access to archaeological sites being excavated as part of the project and the series is presented by anthropologist and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts and historian Dr Yasmin Khan.

HS2 Archaeology webinar series, 11 - 19 September - sign-up now

The BBC series is complemented throughout September with a number of online archaeology webinars to support Heritage Open Days 2020, highlighting some of the exciting finds uncovered along the route of the new railway.

We're holding the following online events (click on the events below to register):

  • Uncovering Roman finds in Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire: 11 Sept 13:30-14:30
  • Archaeology of the Colne Valley: 14 Sept 12:15-13:15
  • Archaeological finds at Park Street, Birmingham: 15 Sept 12:30-13:30
  • Uncovering Mercote Marsh and the Fosse Way, Warwickshire: 16 Sept 12:30-13:30
  • Uncovering Coleshill in Warwickshire: 17 Sept 12:30-13:30
  • An introduction to HS2 archaeology in Fradley to Crewe, Staffordshire: 18 Sept 13:15-14:00
  • HS2 archaeology conference: 19 Sept 11:00-14:55
  • You can find the full list of our online events at www.hs2.org.uk/events .

    We will be publishing video recordings of the session online, so if you are not able to listen live you can still learn about each topic through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel .

    HS2 - The Biggest Dig will be also be available on BBC iPlayer .

    For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 9th September 2020

    by HS2 in Birmingham