Exploring, Discovering, Learning

I want to make the Past, both History and Prehistory, more exciting, relevant and 'hands-on'. It's a fun place with some great stories, I want to share these with everyone.
I work with schools, museums, community groups, either at their place or outdoors in the Landscape.
I develop and deliver projects. I create resources. Exploring the Past and our shared heritage, bridging the divide and Discovering the links between these artefacts, sites or museum and Us. I try to put objects back in context, helping people Learn about the past. I use objects, both orginal and replica, costume, crafts and role play, in other words - Living History.

I'm a member of a small group of like-minded people - The Deja Crew

Sunday, 7 February 2010

It's a New Year

it's a New Year so a new skill - blogging. The aim of this blog is to let people know what I do for a living.
I'm a Freelance Heritage Educator, at least that's what I tell the Taxman, but it's quite difficult to describe what I do. Basically I try to link Museum and Archaeological sites and collections to adults and children. I do costumed interpretation. I devise and deliver workshops and series of workshops, aiming to
  • explore the past
  • discover what the significance is
  • and learn how this is important today
I've worked with English Heritage, Tyne and Wear Museums, North Tyneside's Gifted and Talented Summer Schools, Find Yout Talent, Northumberland National Park and the Head of Steam (Darlington Railway Museum) among others. Over the couse of last year I've
  • dressed as a Roman Soldier to lead Discovery Visits at Housesteads, Chesters and Corbridge
  • been involved in Burnside College's Wall to Wall project, investigating identity and heritage [ www.wall-to-wall.org ]
  • ran a Summer School where primary age children made film - Segedunum, it's the Fort that Counts - and found out about life in Roman times
  • was Victor the Beneficarius in Touching the Wall - a living history event run by the Tyne Team [ www.tyneteam.co.uk ]
  • ran an Advanced Learning Centre for North Tyneside's Gifted and Talented programme. Over 6 weeks Year 6 children discovered Archaeology and experimented with textiles and made their own pottery.
  • turned Medieval for a day, interpreting Harbottle Castle in Northumberland.

I hope this has given you a feel for the things I do, if you want to know more or have a project I could help with, drop me a line at rlwsn@btinternet.com

Over the coming weeks I'll add the things I'm involved with at the moment.