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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

At Hengistbury Head, we are lucky enough to be based on a site of international archaeological importance, one of the largest and most important Stone Age sites in Britain and one of only a few places that can boast over 12,000 years of almost continuous human activity. It has witnessed significant occupation at the end of the last Ice Age, the construction of a barrow cemetery, a major trading port and status as a source of ironstone.

Join us on our journey as we explore how our ancestors may have experienced life at Hengistbury Head. Performing the Past is a three-year project supported by £44,900 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We are focusing on bringing the past to life through a series of eight key initiatives. These engage people of all levels and abilities in practical archaeology experiments and experiences. The aim is to create a dynamic flow of information between experts and the public through exhibitions, repeatable activities and resources. The desired outcome is a team of voluntary assistant curators and learning guides to raise awareness of the archaeology of Hengistbury Head.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please get in touch.

Keep an eye on this page for information about forthcoming activities.

What's on

Tuesday 29 October 2019 - Pigments and Paints 10:00 – 11:30 and 12:30 – 14:00


Come along to the Visitor Centre and get inside the mind of our Stone Age ancestors as we recreate some Palaeolithic art and explore the paints and pigments they may have used.

Suggested donation of £2.00 per session. To book, please call: 01202 451618

For general enquiries, please contact

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