Heritage Learning

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Wessex Archaeology has been a pioneer in heritage learning and engagement for over 30 years. Our dedicated Community & Education team works to promote public understanding and enjoyment of archaeology. Once our specialist excavation, research, diving and post-excavation teams have done their work, it’s our job to tell people all about it!
 
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To find out more details about anything on
the Learning pages please contact our
Community & Education Officer
 

Community

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Community Engagement Projects
We have extensive experience of initiating and delivering successful community engagement projects in association with a variety of partner organisations and community groups.

To find out about some of our most recent projects follow these links. 
 
Talks and Lectures
Our archaeologists are pleased to be asked to give talks about the sites they have excavated all over the country. To arrange a talk for your society or community group please contact the Community & Education Officer
 
Volunteers
We aim to offer a range of volunteering opportunities to enable people to experience archaeology and discover their heritage first hand. Regular volunteering sessions are held at our head office in Salisbury, which usually involve post-excavation processing training and activities. Other opportunities, including fieldwork are offered around the country whenever possible. To find out more about current opportunities please contact the Community & Education Officer
 
Exhibitions
As part of our commitment to public learning our Graphics Team produces Exhibition Material for many of our projects. 
 
Contact Us
To find out more details about anything on the Learning pages please contact our
Community & Education Officer
 

Education

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Interactive Archaeology Workshops
Archaeology is a cross-curricula subject which can do as much to enhance learning as it can to excite curiosity and interest. Our Community and Education team deliver hands-on workshops in the classroom using real artefacts, replicas and activities to support a range of historical topics. Our Community and Education team is run by Rachel Brown who is a qualified history teacher.
 
Workshops are typically linked to the history National Curriculum but can be adapted for other subject areas if required. The most popular topic covered is an introduction to archaeology, which looks at what archaeology is and how we use it to build up a picture of what happened in the past. We cover all KS1 and KS2 history topics and can run specific sessions for KS3, KS4 and KS5.
 
Our flexible approach enables us to offer workshops to suit each school. To discuss the ways in which we can work with you please contact our Community & Education Officer
 
Loan Boxes
Our period-themed loan boxes enhance classroom learning with a selection of real artefacts and replica materials. Each box comes with a teachers’ guide and some suggested classroom activities. 
 
Loan boxes are available for the small fee of £20 +VAT per two-week period. Boxes must be collected from (and returned to) the WA head office in Salisbury and a £25 deposit is also required for each box. Themes currently available include Stone Age, Roman, Medieval and Victorian, although we would be happy to discuss the development of further themed boxes with you. 
 

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Work Experience Placements
 
We offer work experience placements for local GCSE and A-Level students based out of our Salisbury and Sheffield offices, which offer the chance to experience working within a professional archaeological unit. Students will be based primarily in our offices, working with specialists in the Finds, Environmental and Education departments and may be able to take part in a site visit depending on the nature of the work being undertaken at the time.
 
Contact Us
To find out more details about anything on the Learning pages please contact our
Community & Education Officer
 

Adult Education with the WEA

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On 8 February 2016 Wessex Archaeology will be signing a memorandum of understanding with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) setting out our joint aim of building a lasting link between learning and heritage.  
 
This new partnership is the result of a lot of groundwork (no digging!) done by Rachel Brown, our Community & Education Officer, working with the WEA’s tutors to develop new ways of encouraging a wider public engagement with our cultural heritage. 
 
The agreement will be signed at the WEA’s Omega Centre in Portsmouth at the launch of one of these projects, an Archaeology Day offering adult learners the opportunity to develop an appreciation of heritage and archaeology – through maths, English and art. This will lead into specific lessons using archaeology-themed resources created by Rachel. She has certainly not been short of ideas, and we look forward to telling you about other projects as they evolve.
 
Download the press release below or click here to read online.
 
 To use the WEA Archaeological Resources follow this link.
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Online Resources

Photo Gallery
The Wessex Archaeology Gallery is a quick and easy way to find images to display on your classroom whiteboard. The images are free for educational use. 
 
WEA Archaeological Resources
These WEA Archaeological resources were developed by WA for the Worker's Educational Association (WEA). To learn more about our work with the WEA follow this link.
 
Teacher’s Resource Packs
These teacher’s packs contain activities and suggestions to complement the teaching of history in schools. Each pack contains everything you need to begin work and the packs are free for you to use. 
 

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Key Stages 1 and 2
 
Key Stages 2 and 3
 
Learning Links
 
Game
Can you help archaeologists to match
the broken pieces of pot together?
 
 
 
Match the Pot Sherds! (exe for windows)
 
Activity Sheets
The following 9 activities and teacher's notes were produced in partnership with Historic England and local schools to enable students to discover how heritage sites can inform us of our local area in prehistoric times. 
 

1) Archaeologist game print out
the activity sheet (PDF, 1.6MB)
 

2) Skeleton game 
(PDF, 804KB)

3) Dustbin game (572KB)

4) Time line 
(PDF, 2.8MB)

5) Bronze Age picture 
(PDF, 344KB)

6) Match the Monument (PDF, 1.7MB)

7) What did I look like? 
(PDF, 1.4MB)

8) What am I? 
(PDF, 1.3MB)

(PDF, 1.7MB)
 
 
Contact Us
To find out more details about anything on the Learning pages please contact our 
Community & Education Officer.