Look here!

If you missed the Roots of Iron Heritage Skills Open Day on July 9th then have a look at this brilliant little video and catch up with some fabulous demonstrations with commentary from the archaeology students who braved the torrential rain to set up a bloomery forge in the chapel gardens.  From bronze and copper work to flint-napping and pottery the Iron Age way, it’s a joy to watch.  Watch out also for the excellent camera work and interviewing skills of the youngest member of our film crew.

Roots of Iron youtube Heritage Skills Open Day

And this wraps up a wonderful two year project funded by the National Lottery ( Heritage Lottery Young Roots ).  The project involved 777 young people aged 11 – 25 and many more besides. Many, many thanks to anyone who has ever bought a lottery ticket! We’re all winners.

But  – We will be Lighting Up the Hill again on Tuesday 15th November 2016, leaving the chapel at 5pm to walk through the woods and up the hill by lamplight.  Look out for details of additional community workshops and activities throughout October. And see you there   .


Deep in the Woods

If you go down in the woods today – have a look for our bench.2016-08-02 18.36.03The young people of the Roots of Iron project have burnt their names into the bench using the ancient symbols of the Celtic Language, Ogham.  If you came climbing – you just might find it…2016-08-02 18.35.26

Celebration Heritage Skills Day

Rain did not stop play…

Despite the dismal downpour early on the day of our Celebration Day on July 11th, a host of enthusiastic archaeology students descended on Wincobank to share with local people their skills and knowledge.  Setting up a bloomery beneath blue tarps they set out about stoking the forge and melting down bronze to cast into replica Bronze Age axe heads. Elsewhere in the gardens there was open fire cooking and a shelter building challenge for younger children.  Meanwhile, indoors there was a remarkably tasty Roman Feast to be consumed, pottery to be made and a rolling programme of  films made by other groups during the Roots of Iron project.  The final task was for everyone to burn their names, in ancient Celtic Ogham  script, into the commemorative bench that will be installed deep in Wincobank Woods to remind us all for years to come of this fantastic project.