Past Heritage Projects at Stanwick Lakes
Legacy Heritage Projects
Settlers of the Nene Valley
The lives of the Neolithic, Iron and Bronze Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval settlers of the Nene Valley were explored, re-created and celebrated through a wide range of exciting heritage engagement activities for the local community, focussing on the journeys that the settlers made, where and how they lived and what we could learn from them.
We ran projects with schools, held community events and hands-on opportunities to learn new skills in the traditional crafts and construction techniques which enabled people to settle and make their home in the valley.
Download these workbooks for fun facts and activities you can do at home!
Aimed at Key Stage 2, they were created by volunteers as educational tools through the Settlers of the Nene Valley Heritage Project at Stanwick Lakes 2018-2022.
The 'Trading Places' Heritage Project
‘Trading Places’ focussed on the local trades, skills and lives of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and involved re-enactors, storytellers, crime historians and traditional crafts people to help local communities and schools to connect with, enjoy and understand the history of their local area.
Read the Evaluation Report to find out more about the project.
Traditional Crafts Courses
An important element of the project’s work was to set up a traditional skills training programme for young unemployed people from the area; giving them opportunities and experiences to build upon. An oak ‘Training Barn’ was constructed at Stanwick Lakes in early 2014 and is now the venue for a range of public traditional skills courses. Please click here for details of the courses we offer. Blacksmithing, wood carving and leather bag making are just a few of the courses on offer.