Ancient Technology Centre

Ancient Technology Centre
Damerham Road
Cranborne
Wimborne
Dorset
BH21 5RP
England

Website

www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk

E-mail

atc@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Telephone

01725 517618

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Panorama of the Ancient Technology Centre
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The Ancient Technology Centre's activities and buildings are based on archaeological evidence from a range of periods including the Neolithic, Iron Age (Celtic), Roman, Anglo Saxon and Viking eras.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre, Campaign or initiative

Opening hours

We are open to school groups for day visits or residential visits throughout the year - please contact the centre for further details.

only open to the public for certain events such as Open Days and Storytellings - please visit the website or telephone 01725 517618 for details.

Admission charges

There are variable charges for schools/groups, residentials and public events. Please visit the website for details of our charges or telephone 01725 517618.

Additional info

The Ancient Technology Centre provides hands-on learning opportunities in ancient skills and crafts for school groups as day visits and as residentials.

The general public is welcome to visit on specific Ancient Days, Open Weekends and storytelling/musical events. Small groups may also visit the centre by prior arrangement only.

Please visit our website or telephone 01725 517618 for further information on all visiting details.

Over the past 26 years, the Ancient Technology Centre has constructed several buildings based on archaeological evidence from the Neolithic to the Viking Age. These have all been built with the help of thousands of visiting school children, using authentic methods and locally-sourced materials where possible. These buildings serve as 'living classrooms' with the EarthHouse also providing an internationally-acclaimed space for Storytelling, and the Longhouse offering a unique facility for residential visits.

Collection details

Performing Arts, Architecture, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Neolithic log cabin
  • Iron Age Roundhouse
  • Iron Age Earthouse
  • Roman Forge
  • Saxon Workshop
  • Viking Longhouse
  • Roman Water-lifting machine (formerly at the Museum of London)
  • Ancient farmstead (animals and crops)
  • Supporting artefacts and replica items for each building
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.

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Vikings galore!! Open weekend

  • 26 — 27 July 2014 *on now

Explore the world of the Vikings
peaceful life at home with their living history, craft demonstrations, Viking traders, music, stories of food and Viking warriors practicing their battlefield skills.

Children can join in with 'Kiddie Vike' and challenge the warriors using wooden swords and shields.

BBQ and refreshments. No dogs please.

Admission

Please check all Festival of Archaeology 2014 event dates, times, booking and admission charges before visiting.

Website

http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/

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.

Educational 'Summer' Day Visits

http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/summerdayvisits.html

Summer day visits are based in and around our reconstructed buildings and focuses on the ancient skills and jobs people would have practiced in the past. Our teaching days tackle some fundamentals of education – “where do things come from” – “how has the world changed” - “how did the seasons affect our ancestors” by looking at historical and archaeological evidence, but the overriding focus of any day visit to the ATC is to let your children get their hands on the past through a range of real, exciting and enjoyable activities such as blacksmithing, rope making , felt making and many others.

How to obtain

For further information please visit our website www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk or contact Pascale Barnes on 01725 517618 or by email: atc@dorsetcc.gov.uk

From 1st April 2013 to the 31st March 2014:

Dorset County Schools:
21 – 33 children £360.00 for two ATC tutors and includes all materials.
up to 20 children £240.00 for one ATC tutor and includes all materials.

Non Dorset County Schools:
21 – 33 children £370.00 for two ATC tutors and includes all materials.
up to 20 children £250.00 for one ATC tutor and includes all materials.

Making Fire using a bow and drill

Education 'Winter' Day Visits

http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/winterdayvisits.html

The Winter Days covers some of the tasks our ancestors had to do in the past: Farming with ancient ploughs and ards, fertilizing with wood ash, and sowing seed for our crops; Fire-making explores three methods of fire by friction in the past and children have to gather their own tinder around the site – the aim is to produce a fire that will keep the whole group warm at the end of the day; and Fence-building lets the children process hazel rods, saw and stack up firewood and build lovely hazel fences to manage the movement of our sheep and pigs.

How to obtain

Please visit our website www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk or contact Pascale Barnes on 01725 517618 or email on atc@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Prices as per Summer Day visits.

Children coppicing Hazel

Educational 'Winter' Coppice Day visits

http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/winterdayvisits.html

The Coppice Day.
A unique opportunity for your children to experience a working wood and genuinely understand the processes that were so familiar to our ancestors. After demonstration of ancient tools for harvesting hazel and a safety demonstration for the bow saw and loppers, your children begin the physical task of coppicing for the morning. We all return to the ATC with our gathered wood and have lunch around the fire in the Earthouse. The afternoon’s activities involve the use of the coppiced wood to rebuild woven fences and hurdle gates, and making fire by friction in the Roundhouse.

How to obtain

For further information please visit our website: www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk or telephone Pascale Barnes on 01725 517618 or email atc@dorsetcc.gov.uk.
Prices as for Summer Day visits.

Viking Longhouse Residential group

Residential Visits

http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/residentials.html

Our Viking Longhouse provides unique accommodation in a traditionally built hall, which includes well disguised modern toilets and a kitchen to ensure safe levels of hygiene. Children transform themselves into ancient farmers by dressing in simple costume and embark upon tasks that are real and varied, including the preparation of their own ancient style meal (including making butter, cheese and bread), tending to crops and animals, making rope, gathering and chopping firewood and many other tasks. Children also enjoy free time in the evening to play with a range of ancient games and toys. (Ancient Music or Storytelling workshops available).

How to obtain

From 1st April 2013 to the 31st March 2014 :

Dorset County Schools:
£360.00 per teaching day plus £20.00 per head for overnight
(including all “ancient food”, snacks and a modern breakfast); and £110 facilities charge for cleaning and laundering of costumes.
Non Dorset County Schools:

£370.00 per teaching day plus £22.00 per head for overnight
(including all “ancient food”, snacks and a modern breakfast)); and £110 facilities charge for cleaning and laundering of costumes.

Extra-curricular evening sessions of storytelling (£100) and Dark Age music (£150) can be added to your residential stay.

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