What’s On

In 2013 the Pop-Up museum showcased the amazing archaeology of the Hayling Island Temple site. We did the following activities:


Find out about the archaeology of the Temple site. See how the site was excavated and what the temple might have looked like.

Artefact Displays

Throughout the weekend there was a chance to see and handle a selection of finds from the excavations. Our displays were manned by archaeologists who were able to answer (most) of your questions.

Also on display was a range of more fragile and delicate finds from the site. Although you weren’t able to handle these, you should have been able to get a good view, and again, we had a team on hand through the weekend to answer your questions.


You were able to book a space on one of eight guided tours that set out from the Museum and went to the temple site. The tours were on the farm visitor trailer that seats 30 and has a roof in the event of foul weather. Tours left from a marked departure point close to the main museum reception and were guided by archaeologists.

Spaces were limited by the capacity of the trailer and we will charged a small fee (£5) towards the cost of the tour.

“Unguided” Walking Tours

As well as the guided, trailer based tours, we organised an unguided “trail” walking tour. There were two waypoints on the tour, at the church and close to the temple site. The museum reception gave out a free handout with further information and a map.

Museum Guidebook

Tony and Grahame launched a brand new guidebook for the site to coincide with the opening of the museum.

Museum Tea Room

Enjoy a delicious tea at the “Museum Tea Room”.

Museum Shop

Every museum has a museum shop, right? We had a small selection of pin badges, post cards and books for sale, as well as a range of delicious Roman temple themed ice cream!

Inauguration Reception and Lecture

The museum was opened on the Saturday night by a wine reception, buffet dinner and keynote by Tony King and Grahame Soffe who excavated the temple. Price per head including food and initial drinks was £15 per head. Over 75 people packed the barn to see the lecture.