Festival of Archaeology: Walk
Tour of Dorchester Water Meadows | Ian Gosling
30 July 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
A guided walk across Dorchester’s water meadows
Join Ian Gosling of Dorchester Civic Society and STAND for a scenic walk across the water meadows. Find out how the 17th-century system of hatches and weirs that created the water meadows were used to manage the land and how they increased agricultural productivity.
The walk will start at the bridge at the North end of Friary Lane, Dorchester (SY694909) – the West end of Frome Terrace – for a 3.5-mile walk across the water meadows and over the downland to the North of Dorchester
STAND are a group of local people campaigning against the proposal to build over 4,000 houses on countryside to the north of Dorchester in Dorset, which would result in the loss of the water meadows and this important part of Dorchester’s heritage.
Friday 22 September 2023, The Victorian Hall will also be closed all day for a private function. The Fine Foundation Dorset Story Space, next the the Thomas Hardy's Dorset Gallery will also be closed for an hour around Midday.
Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Dorset MuseumHigh West Street
Dorchester DT1 1XA
Miles King FLS has worked in nature conservation for 35 years, leading the conservation work for three different conservation charities during that time. He is also written several books and a blog on nature and other things that interest him. He’s lived in Dorchester for 20 years and founded People Need Nature in 2015. PNN works to promote the value of nature as a source of inspiration for arts, and the spiritual value of nature (www.peopleneednature.org.uk). Most recently PNN has been working with the Duchy of Cornwall on the Poundbury Nature Project. King has also worked with Dorchester Town Council for 15 years, to restore chalk downland at Maumbury Rings, in the town.
People Need Nature (PNN) exists to promote the value and need for nature in people’s lives.
Home of Hillforts & Henges is an exciting new event from 21st to 31st July that will celebrate Dorchester’s neolithic and iron age landscape, rich in earthworks and the people that have lived here for over 6,000 years.Find out more
Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.
The Festival of Archaeology will take place between 16 – 31 July 2022.Find out more
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