Local Stories

In summer 2013 The Carousel Project ran a heritage project aimed at families with young children in rural villages in, or near the Blackdown Hills AONB. Through fun learning activities, the families explored heritage unique to their own village and the Blackdown Hills AONB as a whole.

Working with local heritage educators, artists and musicians, we provided weekly sessions for three communities in East Devon (Stockland, Dunkeswell & Kilmington) as well as running a trip to Dumpdon Hillfort and a celebration event at Otter Valley Golf.

Using the big, dusty book of Local Stories, we went on a time travelling adventure to experience local heritage old and new.

Families explored the iron age and the rich iron working heritage of the Blackdown Hills.

We created an animation with families from all three villages based on a story about Augustus the Roman soldier who got lost in the Blackdown Hills and broke his shield. Find out more about (and watch) the iron working animation here.

We also explored heritage themes unique to each village and we took families on a trip to explore ancient Dumpdon Hillfort where they enjoyed Celtic cake, miniature hillfort making and Iron Age games and songs.

Families from all three villages were invited to a celebration event at the beautifully located Otter Valley Golf where Roman soldiers were running activities alongside our heritage educators!