Celebrating Dartmoor’s heritage — for free

Tuesday 27th July 2010 10:00 pm

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PRINCETOWN will be the place to head for to enjoy events and activities for all ages at the Hands on Heritage event to celebrate Dartmoor's historic past.

Hands on Heritage has been organised by Dartmoor National Park Authority with support from Devon County Council and with the emphasis being hands on there will be lots to get actively involved in — all free of charge.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum's finds liaison officer will be on hand to identify archaeological type treasures, from curious coins to perplexing pots, which people have found while digging in the garden or out walking.

Children can learn about Dartmoor's past carrying out their own archaeological excavations in sand dig boxes, taking part in quizzes, enjoying a ghostly shadow puppet show, making a prehistoric pot and playing medieval games.

There will also be a range of guided walks. A short walk will take visitors to see typical remains of of the tin industry and try their hand at prospecting. Another walk will show archaeologists at work and join in with making a plan of a bronze-age round house. A specially organised vintage bus will also provide free transport to Merrivale for an exploration of the prehistoric landscape.

The Dartmoor Prison Museum will also be open and visitors can see a demonstration by the prison sniffer dog.

The Hands on Heritage events will take place on Sunday August 1 and run from 10am to 5pm. All events are free but some will be book-able on the day.

For a copy of the full programme of events contact 01822 890414.


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