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Festival of Archaeology 2021: on the ground youth events in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire and Cumbria

As part of this year's Festival of Archaeology, supported by the Shout Out Loud project, the Council for British Archaeology will be running 3 free activity days for young people.

We hope you can join us in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire or Cumbria!

Farming in the Fens

Farming in the Fens

This event, tailored for 14-21 year-olds, will take place at Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum on Saturday July 17th. The activity day will explore how the Fens and farming developed in the area. There will also be the opportunity for participants to help shape the future of the site and its focus, as staff are keen to hear the thoughts of young people as the day progresses.

Participants will undertake a tour of the Farmland Museum, with various activities available along the way. They will also be able to explore the Abbey, which has been occupied at various times by three different monastic orders after its foundation in 1159. Following the dissolution of the nunnery in 1539 it became a farm and was in use until the late 1960s. After lunch there will also be the opportunity to get hands-on and learn a local craft, such as basket weaving.

To find out more or book a spot click the link: Farming in the Fens

Beeston Before the Castle: explore the prehistory of the crag

Beeston Before the Castle

This event, tailored for 12-18 year-olds, will take place at Beeston Castle in Cheshire on Sunday 25th of July. The activity day will explore prehistoric activity on the crag, which started some 5,500 years ago, as evidenced by the discovery of flint Neolithic arrowheads.

Participants will get to explore the site, including a replica Bronze Age roundhouse, learn how to knap flint, grind their own flour and take part in a metalworking demonstration to cast a socketed Bronze Age axe similar to the examples found at Beeston.

To find out more or book a spot click the link: Beeston Before the Castle

Fashion and Place: how has the fashion industry and the natural environment shaped one another?

Fashion and Place

This event, tailored for 12-18 year-olds, will take place at Stott Park Bobbin Mill in Cumbria on Tuesday 27th July. The activity day will explore how the 19th century textile industry has shaped the natural environment around the mill and how nature has inspired fashion design.

Participants will get to explore Stott Mill and undertake a guided walk through the surrounding landscape. During the walk participants will think about how the local environment was shaped by the fashion industry and vice versa, and will begin to take inspiration from the natural surroundings at Stott Park for their own fashion designs, collecting flora to use during a print making activity (cyanotype) after the walk. In the afternoon they will then be able to design and create a Reticule Bag like those in fashion during the late Georgian/early Victorian Period using their fabric prints from earlier on in the day.

To find out more or book a spot click the link: Fashion and Place

Shout Out Loud

These activities are being enabled by the National Lottery players via a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of the Shout Out Loud project.

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