Thursday, 16 June 2016

Peeling Back the Layers

Dove Valley Centre - we are anticipating sunshine!
 Once upon a time 
in the Upper Dove Valley…
Peeling Back The Layers

Saturday June 25th

 Dove Valley Centre
11am – 4pm

 will we find a long house? a square?
As the shovels swing and the trowel dig and careful fingers lift on this exciting community archaeology project in the Upper Dove Valley, Buxton Museum’s Collections in the Landscape project will be at the Open Day in this beautiful dale

With the shapes of houses emerging in the field and (hopefully) artefacts being unearthed, our artist and event leader Gordon MacLellan from Creeping Toad will be there to help on speculation:
what are we finding?

what was here?

what could it have looked like…

…visitors will be encouraged to look at finds

to study those tempting shapes in the field

to consider the survey results
and to wonder at change: in 1000 years have the hills changed? how has the dale altered, would those older people still recognise the hills of their home

a changed landscape?
Mixing information with imagination, Gordon will help people build their own house and farm models to add to our imagined settlement – and then to take home afterwards

Over the afternoon we will gradually build the ancient (or not so ancient) settlement of Under Whitle

Peeling Back the Layers is a hands-on educational project, run by the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group (TFIG).  A wide range of people are investigating the history and archaeology of Whitle, Sheen and the surrounding landscape.  Groups and individuals are joining together with the primary and secondary schools, young archaeologists, local history enthusiasts and mental health groups in this fascinating exploration of our local heritage.

roundhouses? probably not

This event is free and materials or tools are provided.

No booking is needed, just come to the Centre, wonder at the view as you stroll down into the valley and join us for an afternoon enjoying uncertainty, discovery and speculation 

Finding us: the event is at the Dove Valley Centre, on the road between Longnor and Sheen, postcode, SK17 0PR

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