The Saint Anne’s Park Community Archaeology (Rose Festival) Programme 2022 comprises a living history experience, a Dublin archaeological finds exhibition, an experimental archaeology display, walking tours, a replica excavation and a 1916 exhibition. The programme will coincide with the Rose Festival on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July 2022.
In the living history experience, tentatively called “A bond which ties them to every stone” the visitor will meet and interact with Sir Edward Arthur Guinness, Lord Ardilaun, his wife Olivia Hedges-White, Lady Ardilaun, and their Scottish gardener Andrew Campbell, in the walled garden of Saint Anne’s Park. During the half-hour experience the three protagonists will explore the topic of the big house in Ireland, and more specifically the social history and architectural significance of their house Saint Anne’s (destroyed by fire in 1943, demolished in 1968) their other properties, and the Ardilaun’s antiquarian and botanical interests.
The Dublin archaeological finds exhibit will showcase a handling collection of artefacts discovered during licenced archaeological excavations in Dublin. The exhibit will be mediated by professional archaeologists.
A series of walking tours will be programmed over the two days in which the landscape and architectural features of Saint Anne’s Park will be interpreted archaeologically.
Over the two days of the festival, two crafters will carve a replica of the Ralaghan Man.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.