Flag Fen Archaeology Park

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Flag Fen is the site of a 3,500 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 roundhouse and landscape with 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Prehistoric site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Archaeological site

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

Adults £6.00
Children, Students & Seniors £4.00
Families £16.00 (two adults & up to 3 children)

Special charges apply for events - check website or phone for details.

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Additional info

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.

Collection details

Archaeology

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.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Collage of children and adults digging, pond-dipping, and making notes on the environment and countryside at Flag Fen

Archaeology Adventurers Club

  • 12 — 16 February 2018

Vivacity are excited to present our fantastic activity club once again for October Half Term

For kids aged 8 - 12, it’s a great opportunity to get involved in fun activities, make new friends and try something new.

Your budding archaeologist will be able to get hands-on in the Big Dig Tent, handle artefacts, explore the Bronze Age landscape and wildlife, try new crafts and lots more!

To book, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663, or click the link here: https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/heritage-booking/

Detailed information for parents/carers will be sent on booking. However, if you have any specific questions, please contact us via flag.fen@vivacity-peterborough.com and we'll be happy to help.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£22 per child per day, or £90 per week. Sibling discounts available.

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/archaeology-adventurers-club/

Skeletons in soil

Medieval Cambridge: discovering the individual lives of the invisible poor through their skeletons

  • 22 February 2018 7:30-9:30pm

Medieval histories often reveal the lives of the wealthy, the famous, or the exceptional. But how can we understand the lives of the ordinary people, the poor, about whom historical records are silent?
This talk presents findings from an innovative new study which reconstructs the biographies of the ordinary working poor from medieval Cambridge. Using skeletons from St. John's Hospital and other sites, we combine a wide range of scientific techniques to discover what they did, what they ate, how they moved around, how healthy they were, what their DNA says about them, and how individual circumstances shaped their lives.

Booking is advised. Call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Admission

£5 adults £4 concessions

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/flag-fen-archaeology-lectures/

Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon Carving Workshop

  • 24 February 2018 10am-4pm

Learn the skills to use a number of different hand tools and craft a wooden spoon from start to finish, which is yours to take home with you at the end of the day. Matthew Robinson is an experienced green woodworker, delivering a community woodland management and a traditional crafts project locally. Lunch is included in the cost of the workshop.

Booking is essential for all our workshops. All bookings for this event are taken through Peterborough Museum. To book, please call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email flag.fen@vivacity-peterborough.com

Admission

£70

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/historical-skills-workshops/wood-carving/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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.

Creator

  • Michael Webber - Learning Officer

Flag Fen Archaeology Park
Flag Fen
The Droveway
Northey Road
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7QJ
England

Website

www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/flag-fen/

E-mail

All Enquiries

flag.fen@vivacity-peterborough.co.uk

Education

museum.education@vivacity-peterborough.com

Telephone

All Enquiries

01733 864468

Reception

Education

Fundraising and Membership

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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