Festival of Archaeology - Excavating the Willington Waggonway

This is a historic exhibition. It is no longer available to visit and this page is only retained as a record of the previous event. For current and future exhibitions, visit our What's On page.

Find out more about our unique railway heritage

Festival of Archaeology


28 July 2017 (historic exhibition)


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an archaeologist?

Join us for hands-on activities and find out more about the Willington Waggonway, the best preserved and most complete section of early wooden railway to have been excavated anywhere in the world.

Have a go at a mini dig or join in with craft activities. Talk to an archaeologist, visit our temporary exhibition and find out how we rescued and preserved part of the North East’s unique railway heritage.