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One of our projects which has been funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is the production of an Education Pack based upon the Iron Age. The National Curriculum(History) currently commences with the Roman Invasion, but, we thought it would be good to start earlier since we have discovered Iron Age in the village.

The children of North Duffield Community Primary School will be challenge to think about what it was like to be a child in the Iron Age, 2000+ years ago. To this end, our very able Secretary, Tony Stevens, has been beavering away in his shed, drawing, constructing, photocopying, laminating and creating a pack of which he is justifiably proud. Not satisfied with locking himself in the shed, he has ventured down to Butser Farm Iron Age site in Hampshire on more than one occasion, to Ryedale Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, to Heeley City Farm in Sheffield and a few other places his wife does not know about.

The trial run of the Pack in July 2012 was an outstanding success. The Pack contains a great number of activities, such as weaving, colouring in Iron Age themed drawings, designing weapons and menus and such like and the children set about the task with a gusto that could only be witnessed to be believed. They were kept enthralled for three days and, I suspect, the teachers got quite involved as well.

The Pack has been handed out free to a number of local schools, Societies and Educational bodies and has received critical acclaim. Anyone wanting a copy can either request one through this website or will have the opportunity to download one from a link on the site. The final digital copy will be available shortly for download. We are making no charge at this stage as our costs have been covered from the HLF grant, however, we do ask that, if you do gain a copy by either of the methods mentioned above, you credit North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society as the source. We would not, of course, refuse a donation should you feel inclined to do so.

On Monday 19th November, 2012, Tony formally handed over the Pack to the school in the presence of the schoolchildren, Dr Jon Kenny of out partner organisation, York Archaeological Trust, the Press, Teachers and members of the Society.

The Education Pack was supplied in sufficient numbers together with special Packs for the Teachers to allow them to be taken into use as soon as convenient to the school. Members of the Society will make regular visits to the school to supplement the Packs with extra-curricula lectures, displays and presentations from time to time. Additionally, the re-construction of an Iron Age roundhouse by the Society will admirably assist the children in experiencing Life in the Iron Age. They will have the chance to grind flour, make bread, apply daub to the walls and, who knows, spend a day or perhaps even a night in an Iron Age roundhouse.

L-R Tony Stevens- two Iron Age Children – Dr Jon Kenny

Click HERE to download the education booklet

Click HERE to download the colouring booklet