I want to make the Past, both History and Prehistory, more exciting, relevant and 'hands-on'. It's a fun place with some great stories, I want to share these with everyone.
I work with schools, museums, community groups, either at their place or outdoors in the Landscape. I develop and deliver projects. I create resources. Exploring the Past and our shared heritage, bridging the divide and Discovering the links between these artefacts, sites or museum and Us. I try to put objects back in context, helping people Learn about the past. I use objects, both orginal and replica, costume, crafts and role play, in other words - Living History.
I'm a member of a small group of like-minded people - The Deja Crew
During August I'll be at the following public events as Rufus Aelius Victor, Evocatus (or veteran soldier) looking for new recruits to join up and see the Roman Empire!
Tuesday 2 August - I'm at Senhouse Roman Museum Maryport, as part of their Roman Festival
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August - The Romans Return at Hardwick Country Park, near Sedgefield
Wednesday 10 August - Walby Farm Park
Friday 26 to Monday 29 - I'll be a part of the Tall Ships visit to Blyth in Northumberland
Well four minutes and twelve seconds of fame...
Last Summer The Deja Crew got together with a Northumberland school to run a day of living history and we were lucky enough to have the Haltwhistle Film Project along to make a film!
That film is now on YouTube!
It's Easter again, Spring is here. Over the Summer and Autumn Terms, I'm running Discovery Visits for English Heritage at Housesteads Roman Fort
MEET A REAL LIFE ROMAN SOLDIER (KS2-3): Discover what
life was like for a Roman soldier stationed at Housesteads and meet
Roman Veteran, Rufus Aelius Victor. Students will also be given the
opportunity to ask Rufus questions, dress in costume, train as a recruit
in an auxiliary unit, explore the site and handle both real and replica
Roman artefacts. Duration: 1 1/2 Hours
I can also appear at any English Heritage site along Hadrian's Wall, as a member of their Approved Educational Provider scheme (AEP), so if your school or group is visiting Corbridge, Chesters or Birdoswald and you would like to meet 'Victor the Veteran' please get in touch.
Tales of the Frontier is a research project by Durham University. Hadrian's Wall and the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site make up a huge linear monument moving through many different landscapes and communities as it crosses the region from coast to coast.
The aim is to discover how people view the momument today (and compare this to past ideas), to explore how it has influenced the communities and landscapes it passes through and to understand how the Wall came to be the prominent World Heritage Site it is today.
The website reports the research so far -
Late last year Iwas invited to join the consultations developing a new set of leaflets. Rather than creating 'yet another walk' along the wall, the Booklet and 8 leaflets hope to inspire people to engage rather than pass through, providing locations to 'stand and stare'. They are available on-line through the Tales of the Frontier website - Wall Stories; leaflets and booklet
I work freelance in schools, museums and archaeological sites around the North of England, doing Living History, Hands-On Workshops, object handing, heritage education, interpretation, Roman Army training...in fact...anything for a denarii. I'm a member of The Deja Crew and helped run Touching the Wall.
In the past I've been a Learning Officer in Museums and a Community and Education Advisor for the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.
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