Flag Fen Archaeology Park
Flag Fen Archaeology Park
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Flag Fen is the site of a 3500 year old ritual causeway and ceremonial platform. Made from wood it contains 60,000 upright timbers and has yielded one of the best collections of Bronze Age Celtic swords, jewellery and tools in the country.
A visit to the 20 acre site of Flag Fen is an exploration of history and nature, with reconstructive archaeology and recreated habitats for rare plants such as Fen Ragwort.
Explore our reconstructed Bronze Age houses and landscape with our family activity packs or free volunteer led guided tours.
Marvel at the oldest wheel in England, the earliest Celtic art and the bronze swords and tools of our ancestors
Experiment with have a go activities from ancient times.
Experience the tranquility and diversity of the park with a lakeside walk and an abundance of wildlife including over 50 species of birds and dragonflies.
Museum, Prehistoric site, Garden, parklands or rural site
10.00am to 5.00pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays ONLY
except for schools and group bookings
(Last admissions are at 16.00)
March to October Inclusive
Closed November to February inclusive except for advertised events
Students £3.75 (with Student card)
Family £13.75 (two adults & up to 3 children)
School groups Children £5.00
Special charges apply for events - check website or phone.
- English Heritage
Visitors are welcome to take photographs.
The site is mostly outdoor and covers 28 acres.
As we have livestock on site Dogs (except care and guide dogs) cannot be admitted to the site.
The Museum of the Bronze Age at Flag Fen contains artefacts found on site, including the oldest wheel in England on permanent display. The museum also includes an assortment of finds from the latest excavations at Flag Fen and in the Flag fEn Basin (surrounding area).
The Preservation Hall at Flag Fen is the only site where you can see Bronze Age timbers as excavated, in Europe. Most of the wood dates roughly to the period 1350-950 BC, and has been left in its original position. These timbers are part of the post alignment that runs between Fengate and Northey Island. The entire width of the post alignment is excavated here, but the exhibit reveals only 10 metres of its kilometer stretch; that's only one percent of the total, showing the massive scope of the Bronze Age construction at Flag Fen.
The "Seahenge Stump": The Hudson Barn was generously donated to Flag Fen by the Hudson Foundation of Wisbeck. In 1999 the timbers from the recently discovered timber circle (known as "Seahenge") at Holme-next-the-Sea, were cleaned and studied there. The timbers are currently undergoing preservation work at the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth.
Key artists and exhibits
- Iron Age roundhouse
- Bronze Age roundhouse
- Bronze Age timbers
- The Seahenge timbers
- Roman Herb garden
- Soay Sheep
- Waterfowl including Swans, Graylag Geese, White Geese, Mallards, Aylesbury and Muscovy Ducks
- The 28 acre park hosts a huge diversity of wildlife including dragonflies, butterflies, wildflowers and native hedging and trees.
A Lost Landscape Reborn
- 5 February 2014 7:30-10pm
Learn about this last piece of wild fenland and the complexities and conflicts involved in draining the mere. Louise Rackham from Great Fen tells us the fascinating story of the toils and tribulations of a lost landscape about to be reborn with an internationally-recognised 50-year restoration project to revive this huge area of wetland.
- Any age
Tickets cost £3.00, £2.00 for concessions and Heritage Pass holders.
Logboats, Pile Dwellings and Causeways
- 12 February 2014 7:30-10pm
New analysis of evidence from Must Farm is shining fresh light on the Bronze Age occupants of the Flag Fen Basin. Archaeologists are beginning to understand the magnitude and sophistication of the second millennium BC settlement, and the integral role of the River Nene as a communication corridor. Mark Knight is widely acclaimed as one of Britain’s leading prehistoric and wetland field archaeologists. To book, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663 or email email@example.com
- Any age
£5.00, £3.00 for concessions and Heritage Pass holders.
The Mary Rose
- 20 February 2014 7:30-10pm
The salvage of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s Tudor warship famously wrecked in the Solent, is one of maritime archaeology’s great successes. Remarkably preserved, the hull was recovered in 1982 and the subsequent conservation process forged the techniques used to conserve the Must Farm boats today.
Still undergoing active conservation, hear the latest news from Dr Eleanor Schofield, Conservation Manager for the Mary Rose Trust.
£8, £5 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reconstruction of the Dover Bronze Age Boats
- 26 February 2014 7:30-10pm
In the 1990s, fragments of a Bronze Age boat were discovered in Dover – one of the oldest sea-going vessels ever recovered.
The boat now resides in Dover Museum. Ancient timber specialist Richard Darrah will explain the science behind the reconstruction of the boat’s original shape, plus learn what the building of a half-scale replica tells us about Bronze Age boat-building.
£5, £3 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663 or email email@example.com
"Conserving one log boat is bad enough, but having to deal with eight all at once is a daunting prospect..."
- 2 March 2014 7:30-10pm
The Must Farm boat assemblage represents one of the largest archaeological finds in the UK. The decision to recover each vessel intact, instead of cutting them into smaller sections, has been integral to their conservation.
Since April 2013, they have been stored at a bespoke conservation facility at Flag Fen and undergoing detailed condition assessment. Join Ian Panter, Principle Conservator for York Archaeological Trust who designed the conservation strategy for the boats, to hear what the future holds.
Tickets cost £5, £3 for concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bronze Sword Casting Workshop
- 22 — 23 March 2014
Expert bronze-forger Dave Chapman returns to Flag Fen to offer this opportunity to make and take home your own bronze sword.
Set amongst the atmospheric surroundings of roundhouses and fenland, the workshop will include the casting, cleaning, finishing, sharpening, and finally the hilting of the finished blade. Participants undertake all handiwork themselves, so this workshop is not for the faint-hearted!
Please note that safety is our priority and as such, use of power tools and hot metal pouring will be undertaken by workshop facilitators.
Lunch is included on both days – if you have any dietary requirements, please let us know.
£290 per person.
Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre
The Schools programme is tailored to the class visiting. At approximatley four hours the visit can cover a number of skill areas ranging from storytelling, to pot making to artefact handling sessions and mock digs.
Groups of up to 60 can be acocmmodated.
In addition workshops for families and adults are held covering diverse subjects such as herbology, basket making, bronze sword casting, bog oak carving, weaving, pyrography and many more. Call or visit the website for more details.
- Michael Webber - Learning Officer