LiDAR children's day 16 July at the Weald & Downland Museum

Secrets of the High Woods: Children’s Activity Day

Saturday 16 July 2016
11.00am - 4.00pm

Beneath the wooded countryside of West Sussex and Hampshire lies a forgotten landscape, littered with traces of past communities who lived and worked in the South Downs.

For the past three years the Secrets of the High Woods project has been uncovering their stories using cutting edge LiDAR technology, an army of volunteer archaeologists, digging through archives and interviewing the people who live in the South Downs National Park today.

This summer we’re sharing the story of these people through a touring interactive exhibition and activity days, one of which is taking place at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. Discover people who, like us, lived and worked in and around the South Downs.

View this landscape with new eyes. Sometimes a bump on the ground is just a bump, but sometimes it can tell a story…

Suitable for ages 5-14, this drop in events is included in the Museum’s admission price (free to Annual Members) but children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Activities run 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Children’s activities may vary, but are planned to include:

  • an archaeology timeline
  • a modern midden
  • paper plane making
  • mosaic making
  • colouring in illuminated letters
  • sash-making/printing

About the project

The Secrets of the High Woods project is led by the South Downs National Park Authority, in partnership with Chichester District Council and supported by West Sussex and Hampshire County Councils and made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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