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Ancient Technology Centre (ATC) (EN)
The Goal of the AncientCentre is to engage people of all ages in the daily life of our ancestors and to increase their understanding of the skills, resources and strategies available to them.
Our primary work has involved the of buildings using a child and volunteer workforce. Timber framing, green working, woodland management, carpentry and blacksmithing all contribute to these structures and are carried out by visiting groups and volunteers. Buildings are not scaled down – but do take longer to construct due to the nature of our workforce.
We have six reconstructions of ancient buildings. A Viking Longhouse, An Earth House, An Iron Age Roundhouse, A Roman Smithy/Workshop, A Neolithic Longhouse and A Saxon Sunken Feature Building. Our residential longhouse is a living history experience where children and adults dress in costume and take part in all the daily tasks to provide for the whole group and ensure the seasonal running of our small farmstead.
Currently our main focus for living history is the Viking/Saxon period, and the Neolithic but we are developing a Roman living history weekend for this coming summer.
Archaeology informs the activities and projects we currently undertake. Ecology and archaeology both contribute to our woodland management strategies, agricultural plans and animal husbandry. We work primarily with the British geographical area but with reference to global developments. Best available evidence is used regardless of geographical region to illustrate life in the past.
Living history activities are numerous and contribute directly to the maintenance of the site, development of the buildings, or investigating daily life in the past. Our living history activities use materials gathered from our hedgerows and animals.
We have several seasonal open days as well as historically themed open weekends. We are running public skills courses throughout the year in traditional crafts and skills. Evening tours will continue. We also hold storytelling/musical events for the public.
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