Performing the past 2019

Take part in events and activities showing Hengistbury Head as a scene of settlement and ceremony for more than twelve thousand years. 

Performing the Past

Supported by the Heritage Fund and our Partner Bournemouth University


Performing the Past is a three-year project that brings the archaeology of Hengistbury Head to life. It is supported by a grant of £44,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim is to bring about a step change in visitor awareness, to help protect the physical archaeological remains of this internationally important site. We are doing this through collective engagement in practical activities and experimental archaeology in partnership with archaeologists from Bournemouth University.  


We have brought the past to life at more than 30 amazing events since 2019.  Due to Covid we took the programme online, so you can use these Facebook and YouTube links to relive the past!

Scroll below are our events from 2019 - but there are so many we couldn't put them all on one page! Discover more from other years via these links below:


November 2019/December 2020 - Geophysical Survey

A Geophysical Survey of proposed Iron Age Roundhouse area was started.


29 October 2019 - Archaeology Day for Half Term

A successful day of events included learning to scrape carrots with flint tools, making pottery - Iron Age style, and Flint Knapping – like our Stone Age ancestors!


September 2019 - Performing the Past Exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery

We had lots of visitors to our Performing the Past Exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre.


September 2019 - Heritage Ramble for Volunteers

Hengistbury Head Mesolithic Campsite


5 - 11 August 2019 - Public Archaeology Week

We held a fun and insightful programme of events for the general public.


12 June 2019 - Training for Staff and volunteers

We held a training session for our staff and our first cohort of volunteers in the areas of curatorial, digitisation, flint knapping, pigments and paints.


6 - 7 April 2019 - Performing the Past Launch Event

Bournemouth University Anniversary Conference celebrating 40 years of archaeological and anthropological study at Hengistbury Head, with Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe from Oxford University.


1 April 2019 -  ‘Performing the Past’ Project Launch with Heritage Lottery Fund support

Left to right: Kath Walker, Kate Welham, Derek Pitman, Hayden Scott-Pratt. Front: Mark Holloway



More Events

Take a look at more of our Performing the Past events:

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