Middlefield Dig at the Utopias Festival

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This coming weekend the University of Lincoln’s Middlefield Dig team are hosting an exhibition at the Somerset House Utopias festival, supported by dig volunteer organisers Mel and Sam from the Middlefield estate. Their display will showcase some of the finds from the dig, and give visitors an opportunity to see the short films that documented our activities last month.

​ The Utopia Fair is taking place in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court ​ at ​Somerset House​ ​in ​London​.

  • 24 -26 June 2016
  • Friday: 17.00-22.00; Saturday: 10:00-18.00; Sunday: 10.00-17.00
  • Free admission

There will be 35 representatives from contemporary utopian movements from all over the UK at the festival, with stalls set out in the courtyard to celebrate ‘the pockets of utopia that are flourishing around the country’.

The Middlefield Dig stall will feature dig artefacts and a special archaeological filing cabinet – which helps demonstrate how a dig works. Our project has focused on community inclusiveness, whilst other projects will represent other utopian ways of living in the 21st century, on topics including the environment and city-living, food and fashion, and arts and craft practices.

The Utopias Fair is presented in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Connected Communities programme to showcase the creative outcomes from 25 AHRC-funded projects alongside 10 additional initiatives that have been hand-selected by Somerset House. These projects work to bring together local community groups, researchers, activists and artists across the UK to explore how utopian ideals can be used to benefit the environmental and social future of our communities.

If you’re in London this weekend, do come and visit our stall. If you’re not – check back here for more posts about the festival and updates.