For many years the we have offered outreach projects to schools. Outreach projects can be a good way for a school to develop its outside space. Our outreach projects are flexible, can be tailored to your requirements and involve your children in the same hands-on experiences they would discover at the Ancient Technology Centre.
Our team arrive at your school for the start of a two week project*. Each day we bring trailer loads of hazel rods, stakes and thatching reed and over the next ten days your children join us in sessions and construct a traditionally built roundhouse. The house will be completed with a thatched roof and your children can daub the walls and decorate them. These buildings have a lifespan of around ten years if the thatch is maintained periodically and provide a fantastic outside space for role play, reading corners or a focus for history projects. Your school can embellish the house with small wheat fields or vegetable plots to keep the project growing year on year. For an idea of costs please contact us for more information.
* Time period based on 4 metre diameter Roundhouse build.
Click on the video below to view an example of a successful past outreach project at Ruscombe.
The cost and duration of Roundhouse builds varies greatly depending size of building and length of time needed for construction. A four metre diameter round house takes approximately two weeks to build on site and approximately tbc time needed to coppice the wood for the structure. There will be additional costs for thatch and materials sourced.
We will supply 2 members of staff to build and teach your children using traditional building skills and techniques.