Learning, Access and Resources

Download educational resources via our Time Travelling By Water pages.
 
As an educational charity, Wessex Archaeology aims to make the results of this project available as widely as possible – to both professionals and the general public.
 
This project has been made available and accessible to the public through Time Travelling By Water, the outreach element of Wessex Archaeology’s coastal and marine activities.
 
The Victorian workshop is inspired by the first period of Assessing Boats and Ships (1860-1913). Children are given an introduction to marine archaeology, then examine and identify artefacts from different classes of vessels used during this period. Children also investigate the development of ship building technology by spotting the differences between two ships built just 50 years apart. Finally, the children learn how to tie different knots which is essential on any boat, not just those in the past.

165 Children from Downton Primary investigating World War Two Boats and Ships

The second workshop focuses on the third period (1939-1950) of Assessing Boats and Ships. Children are given an introduction to marine archaeology, then see the array of ships used during the World War 2 conflict. Messages are deciphered from substitution ciphers telling children where these different vessels, both allied and enemy, are positioned across a coastline map. The class looks at how vessels were requisitioned during the war such as HMS Patia. Children use their creative skills to adapt civilian vessels for military use. Finally, WW2 artefacts found on the seafloor, and reported via the Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol for the Reporting of Finds of Archaeological Interest Protocol, are passed round for the children to identify.
 
Two teacher’s resource packs are also available. These can be downloaded via our Time Travelling By Water pages.

166 Children from Downton Primary investigating World War Two Boats and Ships