Getting hands-on with our heritage
AN EXHIBITION showcasing the history of Calstock parish is currently on show at the Tamar Valley Centre near Gunnislake.
Uncovering The Past celebrates the end of a two-year project that gave people within the parish, which sits six miles from Calligton, the opportunity to delve into their history and heritage.
Samantha Barnes, project officer for the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, said: "Calstock parish has a rich and deep history, and the project has allowed people to get involved and gain skills to help look after and interpret this heritage".
Miss Barnes said the exhibition has been well received so far.
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"We've had around 60 people in the past four days," she said.
"It's going really well and we've had really good feedback," she added.
The project, which involved the excavation of a Roman fort in 2011, was funded by a £35,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Richard Bellamy, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "The Calstock Parish Heritage project is a marvellous example of how HLF-funded projects provide opportunities for local people of all ages to get hands-on (often literally) with their heritage, enjoying the opportunity to contribute in a very practical way to what we know about the history of their area."
Organisers said visitors to the exhibition will be able to learn more about the community's experience and the full stories behind what was uncovered during the project.
It includes a video showing what the project involved. Visitors can also take part in some hands-on activities with archaeological equipment and Lego.
"We're trying to get people engaged with the landscape," Miss Barnes said.
The exhibition is on show until Thursday, January 31, between 11am and 4pm weekdays. It will also be open until 7pm on Friday 25 and between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 26.
Organisers say the exhibition will tour throughout 2013. Anyone who is interested in helping to host it is asked to contact Sam Barnes on 01822 835032 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
"We are offering the chance for schools, village halls and groups to host the exhibition for as long as they want," Miss Barnes said.