I recently led an archaeology session with the 3rd Tibshelf Guides as part of Girl Guiding's commitment to removing boundaries and traditional stereotypes by encouraging Guides to participate in a variety of activities and consider all types of careers. 

As I grew up in the area and have an interest in community work and widening participation within archaeology, being asked to lead this session was a great opportunity for me to work with and inspire young people in my local area.

We did two activities based around cave art, as Tibshelf is quite close to the well-known Creswell Crags. We talked a little about the who/what/where/when/why of cave art, including researching some images of different types of cave art from across the world.

Recreating cave art with the 3rd Tibshelf Girl Guides Recreating cave art with the 3rd Tibshelf Girl Guides

We then set up the first activity in which we taped some old wallpaper to the underside of tables, turned off the lights and attempted to recreate our own cave art with chalks from beneath the tables while using only torch light.

Recreating cave art with the 3rd Tibshelf Girl Guides Recreating cave art with the 3rd Tibshelf Girl Guides

Then we moved onto recreating hand stencil images, by using straws to blow paint around our hands. This was so messy but everyone had lots of fun and began to understand some of the complexities involved in producing cave art (including sometimes sucking the straws too much and swallowing a load of paint!!).

By Kate Fitzpatrick, Field Technician