Stanwick Lakes Heritage – Bronze and Iron Age

Stanwick Lakes Heritage – Bronze and Iron Age

NEW Heritage Project!

Rockingham Forest Trust has been awarded a £250,000 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to implement an exciting three-year heritage project looking at the lifestyles and activities of the Bronze and Iron Age people who settled here over 3000 years ago.

Events

Please see below for events taking place as part of the project.

The Project

The project will focus on three main strands:

  • The restoration of the Bronze Age Bowl Barrow, bringing it back to its former glory in the landscape, and raising awareness of its historical and cultural significance.
  • Building a Community Bronze Age Boat, with the assistance of volunteers from the community and with specialist advice, using wherever possible, ancient skills and tools.
  • Building a typical Iron Age farm settlement, with the assistance of community volunteers, to be a focal point for a ‘Living History Experience’.

Activities for schools and the local community will include re-enactments, “day in the life of”, and traditional crafts such as weaving, pottery, jewellery, metal, and wood working etc.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable local people to understand, engage with and learn about the lifestyles of the Bronze and Iron Age people.

More details will be available in due course.

Events

25th June – 24th July 2022, 10am – 4pm

“Celebrating Nene Valley Communities Past & Present”

A summer festival showcasing the history, archaeology, and heritage of the Nene Valley.

Our heritage festival launch Event on Sunday 26th June will celebrate Traditional Crafts: Past & Present, including a variety of crafters and will include a variety of traditional crafts and experiences for all the family.

A day of family friendly activities to immerse yourself in heritage traditional crafts and activities!

Dress up like an ancient settler, unearth archaeological finds in the “Dig Pit” or try your hand at some traditional crafts – willow wands, weave a warrior band, decorate a Solstice Sun wheel or create a coiled clay Beaker Pot. No booking is required for these activities.

Travel through time on our heritage trail, exploring the history of Stanwick Lakes, which will run from 25th June – 24th July.

 

Sunday, 3rd July

“A Walk Through Time”

Join archaeologist Andy Chapman on a guided walk and discover the history of Stanwick Lakes from Neolithic through to Medieval times.

Meet in the visitor centre reception at 1.15pm

The event is free but booking a ticket is essential. Book here.

Standard car parking charges will apply.

 

Tuesday, 5th July

“The Bronze Age round barrows at Stanwick Lakes”

An illustrated talk by archaeologist Andy Chapman describing how Bronze Age round barrows can be a major source of information about this period.

View the new Mezzanine heritage exhibition and visit the solar cafe from 6pm then meet in the visitor centre reception at 7.15pm for the talk.

The event is free but booking a ticket is essential. Book here.

Standard car parking charges will apply.

 

Sunday, 17th July

“Medieval Gardens, including the monastery garden”

An illustrated talk by historic gardener, Michael Brown

View our heritage garden with Michael from 1pm and then meet in the visitor centre reception at 2pm for the talk.

The event is free but booking a ticket is essential. Book here.

Standard car parking charges will apply.

 

Sunday, 24th July

“An introduction to the history of Stanwick Lakes”

An illustrated talk by Neil Busby.

View the new Mezzanine heritage exhibition from 1pm and then meet in the visitor centre reception at 2pm for the talk.

The event is free but booking a ticket is essential. Book here.

Standard car parking charges will apply.