Meeting 20th June 2019

Talk by Lesley Best

House of Wessex project

The House of Wessex project based at the Sylva Wood Centre at Long Wittenham is making good progress with the aid of a Heritage Lottery grant. People with expert knowledge of Anglo-Saxon history are involved with the project.

In 2016 the site of an Anglo-Saxon building was discovered at Long Wittenham and the aim is to reconstruct the building using authentic materials that were used at the time.  Sources for these have been found and construction is due to start from June onwards. The building will be a valuable educational source for schools and the public. Educational activities and courses will take place in a recently completed wooden building, with a car park nearby.

Archaeologists recognize the importance of the Saxon settlements between Sutton Courtenay and Dorchester. A Kingdom of Wessex Trail is planned to follow a route linking them. The Trail will be launched on 11th May when the Wulfheodenas (an Anglo-Saxon re-enactment group) will lead a walk from Dorchester to Long Wittenham. 

The museum in Dorchester will hold an Anglo-Saxon exhibition. A public open weekend will be held at Long Wittenham on 6/7 July. 

The reconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon building should be completed by the end of September when there will be another open weekend for the public.

About the Speaker

Lesley Best is the House of Wessex Project Manager. 

Venue : SC Village Hall

Date/Time : Thursday 20th June 2019  7.30 pm

NB This is an additional meeting arranged to coincide with the inauguration of the Kingdom of Wessex Trail and the associated open weekend at Long Wittenham on 6/7 July 2019.

All welcome : SCLHS members free; Visitors £3.00

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