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”
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.