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.
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 .
If you go down in the woods today – have a look for our bench.The 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…
We were so impressed with the shelter Beck had made in February, that we began to wonder how people in those days made luxury homes and what is might have been like to live in one so in the next holidays, at Easter, we made our own house – well part of one…
It was a bit draughty, rather dangerous with no door to lock, but felt quite friendly without fences and walls every where. So we started thinking about life in a village and we thought we would make a little film to show primary children a slice of olden days life.
Dylan told us about the ancient law of Hue and Cry whereby a criminal had to be driven out of the village or the whole village would be held responsible. There was no time to write a script so with a little direction the actors improvised while Thomas and Alex filmed the action. Watch our mini movie here: Wincobank Hue and Cry on YouTube
The winter months are bleak but beautiful high on Wincobank Hill. It’s difficult to imagine how folks survived here thousands of years ago, when all there was was wood, wool and woad.
We spent a day in the woods trying to imagine what it might have been like. We were cold and hungry – so we lit a fire, cooked pancakes and then set fire to the popcorn… After some practice the lads lit the kelly kettles and brewed up. And then Beck built an amazing shelter from dead wood and leaves but we all agreed it would have been a chilly place to sleep.
There was quite a buzz in Wincobank in November 10th. There were children in the chapel garden carrying the lanterns they had made at school, parents tagging along not wanting to be left out.
Up at the hillfort student archaeologists stoked their fiery furnace, the piper played her weird tune and the Ghosts of Wincobank, decked out in illuminated finery and a dab of blue face paint hid in the bushes, ready to frighten the life out of unsuspecting lantern bearers.
The Brigantes waited to re-enact once again the account set out by Tacitus of the fateful night when Caratacus came to rouse the locals to rebel against the Romans and once again Queen Cartimandua struggled with the dilemma of what she was going to do.
A Roots of Iron film crew hovered to capture the excitement of the night and record the comments of the crowd. And here it is – filmed and edited by the young people of Wincobank – Light Up The Hill – click here.
We will now be running Wilderness Skills from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th February
Would you like to learn how to use a bow drill to light a fire? Or preserve a deer skin or make smoked fish? We are having fun with these and other ancient arts on Wincobank Hill this half term. Come and join us for Wilderness Skills!
If you would like to book on. ring Catherine Nuttgens on 0114 2736199, or you can download the booking form by clicking: