Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential - 23rd - 27th July 2018

Do you have an interest in history and archaeology and enjoy working outside?

Then why not join us for your Gold Residential? The week will focus ancient building construction & repair: tools & techniques, and introduces students to a variety of other ancient skills including archery and fire-making.  Cost is just £335.00 - Places are limited so contact us to book early to avoid disappointment.

This unique Gold Residential experience will take place at The Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset alongside Dorset County Council's qualified and experienced Outdoor Education staff.  The Centre is situated on the edge of Cranborne village and within the Cranborne Chase AONB, and houses several reconstructed buildings from the Stone Age to Viking periods. 

 

The main focus of the week is to learn traditional construction methods, using authentic tools and to complete a range of repair, maintenance and construction tasks on site. This will run each day, alongside other skills/activities. There will also be the opportunity for free time for participants after the main activities have finished for the day.

Past examples have included thatched buildings, building a roof and building watercourse from the Roman water lifting machine to the vegetable allotment.  Participants will also be given the chance to experience other “hands on” ancient skills which could include traditional fire making, authentic cookery, rope and cordage making, monolith moving and storytelling.

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in our fantastic Viking Longhouse – the only one of its kind in the UK. Please note that the accommodation is open plan, with communal sleeping in a hall. Participants should treat this as ‘indoor’ camping. 

So what do I do next?

Download and complete the forms below.  Send them to us together with a deposit of £100.00 (cheques made payable to Dorset County Council) to secure your place. 

An email or phone call to let us know that your application is on its way is always helpful, especially as we allocate placements on a first come, first serve basis.