Performing the Past

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

Introduction

The Performing the Past project aims to engage local people with the exceptional archaeology of Hengistbury Head through practical ‘learning by doing’ experimental archaeology. The generations of ancient people who lived on Hengistbury Head over the last 12,000 years practiced a wide variety of crafts to survive and thrive on the headland. 

Supported by the Heritage Fund and our Partner Bournemouth University

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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.  

Watch our Performing the Past Video

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Volunteering

We are building a friendly team of volunteers to help demonstrate a variety of ancient crafts to the wider public – such as pottery making, flint knapping, prehistoric cooking, metal forging and clothing.

Please watch our video

and then if you would like to get involved please fill out this form to let us know your interests.  You will be offered training so that you can pass on your knowledge and skills to the public. If you would like further information, please email Hayden.

Our events

Sunday 21 August - Stone age camping - Tent building, fire-lighting, flint knapping

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Join us for a fun session building a Stone Age camp, experimenting with fire making (no matches - just rubbing sticks!) and flint knapping just as our ancestors did at Hengistbury Head, 12,000 years ago. Fun for all the family. Morning slots are from 11am-12.30pm and afternoon slots from 1.30pm-3pm.

Booking is essential. Please phone 01202 128444 or pop into the Visitor Centre to book. This event is free but a suggested donation of £2 each to cover materials. 

Events you may have missed

Saturday 22 January - A walk back in time to 12,000 years ago

10.30am - meet at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre or join us virtually on the day via Facebook Live

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Find out what it was like living here in the Iron Age 2000 years ago, and how to survive as a Stone Age family 12,000 years ago - plus lots more!

Saturday 9 April - A walk back in time to 12,000 years ago

10am - meet at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre or join us virtually on the day via Facebook Live

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Find out what it was like living here in the Iron Age 2000 years ago, and how to survive as a Stone Age family 12,000 years ago - plus lots more!

Monday 18 April - Mixed Craft Day - Travel back in time 12,000 years ago

11am-3pm - meet at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre or join us virtually on the day via Facebook Live (from 2pm-3pm for the live video). 

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Join us in making Iron Age pottery & baking it in our Kiln, flint knapping to make Stone Age tools and weapons, prehistoric cooking and tasting, demonstrating ancient textiles and clothing and making pigments and paints and cave art!

Friday 3 June - Stone age camping - Tent building, fire-lighting, flint knapping

11am-12.30pm (morning session) or 1.30pm-3pm (afternoon session) meet at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre. 

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Saturday 18 June - A walk back in time 12,000 years ago 

10am - meet at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre or join us virtually on the day via Facebook Live

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Join us to take a walk across a landscape which has supported people for over 12,000 years! Connect with our ancestors through the excavations done by archaeologists on the Headland and the crafts people used to survive.

Monday 1 August - A walk back in time to 12,000 years ago 

10.30am - meet at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre or join us virtually on the day via Facebook Live

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Join us on a walk across Hengistbury Head and trace the footsteps of your ancestors who lived here 12,000 years ago.  What was it like living in the Stone Age as a hunter gatherer, making fire and hunting animals? Who were the Iron Age people living here on the edge of the harbour?  Come and meet our Performing the Past Volunteers who are bringing all this to life! Suitable for all the family.

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