Settlers of the Nene Valley

Explore, re-create and celebrate the journeys made by settlers as they travelled, settled and traded along the Nene Valley.

Settlers of the Nene Valley – an exciting heritage project!

Follow this link to find out more about our activities for all the family.  Settlers of the Nene Valley”

The Project

In January 2018, we were delighted to receive Heritage Lottery funding for three years, through the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme, to provide activities which explore the Nene Valley, its people, heritage and identity in a changing landscape.

Our project, Settlers of the Nene Valley, aims to explore, re-create and celebrate the lives of the Neolithic, Bronze & Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval Settlers on the Stanwick Lakes site over the past 5,000 years and share this with the local communities.

To do this we are focussing on the journeys that the Settlers made, where and how they lived, and what we can learn from them.

Come and Experience the Past

We are offering hands-on opportunities for the local community to learn new skills in the traditional crafts and construction techniques which enabled people to settle and make their home in the valley. We also have outreach projects in local schools where we take a range of exciting heritage activities to compliment the school curriculum.

So far we have provided opportunities for the local community to learn about and try:

  • Cooking methods used by the past Settlers, including making bread and cake
  • Hurdle construction, leading to wattle and daubing
  • Traditional spoon carving
  • Making Roman clay dice and jewellery
  • Being young archaeologists, investigating and recording finds
  • Dressing up like a Settler and experiencing what they would have worn
  • Archery and Axe Throwing

Alongside all these activities our volunteers have been busy building two period buildings and a garden.


An Iron Age Roundhouse has been constructed to replace one previously built on the site, using traditional methods and materials, together with appropriate wood carvings.

Ancestral Barn

Our Ancestral barn has been built using a variety of materials and styles that past Settlers would recognise. It incorporates brick, stone and wattle & daub walls, a replica Roman mosaic floor and has an oak timber frame. The barn is used for Settlers’ events and activities.

Ancestral Garden

Our ancestral garden complements the barn and the roundhouse. We have researched, with the help of historical gardener Michael Brown and members of the Northamptonshire Garden Trust, what the Settlers would have grown and how the produce would have been used for food, dyeing and medicinal purposes.

Heritage Trail

A trail has been developed based upon the heritage of the site and an updated heritage trail leaflet is available in the Visitor Centre and kiosk.

Project Activities

Details of our activities can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Us

If you would like to help with an activity or at an event:

Telephone           01933 625 522



Rockingham Forest Trust, which manages Stanwick Lakes, is one of several organisations in the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme that have received funding for activities which explore the Nene Valley, its people, heritage and identity in a changing landscape.