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. 

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.  

Get involved!

If you would like to join our friendly team of volunteers who are gradually getting skilled-up to keep the project running in the future, you can complete the online form below or please phone 01202 128444.

You may like to Watch the video showing a recording of a Zoom talk given by our Research and Curatorial Assistant, Hayden Scott-Pratt to our volunteers. During the talk, he explains all about the project and how volunteers can get involved.

It's about 40 minutes long, so sit comfortably, grab a cuppa and watch this special insight into Hengistbury Head's fascinating past...


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!

Below are our events for 2022, and you can also take a look at what we've been up to in previous years:


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 Live305x205_huntergather305x205_ironage trading

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!

How to book to attend in person

Booking is essential if you are joining us in person - there are limited places available. To book, either phone 01202 128444 or pop into the Visitor Centre.


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