Project Florence

Project Florence was a Heritage Lottery-funded community engagement project which ran between June 2012 and July 2013. The aims of the project were to promote community interest in the rich archaeological heritage of South Wiltshire, to provide a range of training opportunities for local people, and to complement the work of Operation Nightingale (a military recovery initiative for injured soldiers). 
The focal point of Project Florence was the 2012 excavation of a Bronze Age burial mound and Saxon cemetery site on Salisbury Plain, known as Barrow Clump



Project Florence - About


Local people were encouraged to get involved in Project Florence through a variety of different opportunities, events and activities. These included:
Read case studies about this project and our other community engagement projects here


Make a Movie

Through Project Florence, a group of 14–25 year olds from Salisbury had the opportunity to produce an exciting film about the Operation Nightingale excavation at Barrow Clump. 
Wessex Archaeology worked in collaboration with the Salisbury Arts Centre to engage with young people in the community and help them to develop new skills and talents for the future. These young people were trained by professional filmmakers to film, edit and produce a 25-minute documentary and were actively involved in filmmaking decisions and processes. They all achieved a Bronze Arts Award certificate as a result of the project. 
The film, Operation Nightingale: Time Warriors, follows the progress of the 2012 excavation of Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain. It also features interviews with the soldiers, archaeologists and volunteers involved this Operation Nightingale dig. The film premiered at the Salisbury Arts Centre in November 2012 and is now available to watch online. 
Click the play button below to watch Operation Nightingale: Time Warriors:


Meet the young producers and take a look behind the scenes in a short Making Of film by clicking the play button below: