Call for volunteers to help build an Iron Age roundhouse in the Peak District

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Friday 17 August 2012

Fans of living in the past are invited to find out about how people used to build houses of timber, clay and turf in the Peak District more than two thousand years ago.

Young people, adults, students, archaeology groups and local history societies are being encouraged to get involved with plans to build a replica Iron Age roundhouse at the edge of a Peak District village.

The first event takes place this weekend with a talk at 5pm on Saturday August 18, in the Charles Peach Hall, at the charity-run Nightingale Holiday and Conference Centre, in Great Hucklow.

A presentation will be given by expert Dr Roger Doonan, a lecturer in archaeology from the University of Sheffield. The event is free of charge.

Stella Burney, centre manager, explained: “We want to drum up as much support as we can for this community project and encourage anyone who is interested to come along and find out how they can get involved.

“We’ll be starting building this autumn and hope to get the roundhouse finished by the spring. We want as many local people as possible to have a hand in recreating and reviving ancient skills.”

The project has been awarded £11,000 by the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

The grant will help fund the construction, open days and heritage workshops for schools and local people, and the round house will become a community facility for activities around the campfire.

For more information contact The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow: 01298 871218 or

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