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Young archaeologists are wanted for the St Leonard's Hospital Dig, York, which is open until September 1. York Archaeological Trust is inviting school groups up to age 16 to visit the dig site from 10am-3.30pm Wednesdays to Sundays to view the trenches and a selection of the finds and talk to and watch archaeologists in action. Workshops led by trained archaeologists will be held on Tuesdays from June 25 where activities will include sieving earth to collect small bones, pottery and other finds and then washing and identifying them.

Bookings tel: 01904 54302 Email: groups@vikingjorvik.com

Royal pomp and pageantry dominate English Heritage events in Golden Jubilee year. Its Royal Heritage programme features more than 650 events including "Royal Progresses" - tours around castles and houses countrywide until September 28. There will also be a celebration of the influence of queens through the ages from Boudicca to Elizabeth II. Venues include Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire (June 29-30), Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire (August 17-18) and Barnard Castle, Co Durham (August 31-September 1). Other highlights include "History in Action!" at Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire (August 10-11), where over 3,000 re-enactment performers will recreate English life over the past 2,000 years.

Tel: 0870 333 1181 for a booklet www.english-heritage.org.uk

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