Pupils head for hills and back to iron age

Archaeologist Paul Frodsham and Glendale Middle School pupils standing around the footprint of an iron age roundhouse.
Archaeologist Paul Frodsham and Glendale Middle School pupils standing around the footprint of an iron age roundhouse.

Year 5 pupils at Glendale Middle School have been studying Yeavering Bell in a project aimed at developing their knowledge of our local history and heritage.

The project, called Tales of the Forgotten North, is a collaboration between the storytellers, A Bit Crack, and the Northumberland National Park Authority.

The project lasted four days, one of which was a field study, visiting the remains of the Iron Age hill fort at the top of Yeavering Bell.

Malcolm Green, the storyteller, initiated the project in school using storytelling games, story mapping and through using local legend and folklore from the immediate area. On the field trip, pupils were met by the archaeologist, Paul Frodsham, who opened doors into the past as they imagined life for their ancestors who lived there.

The remaining days of the project were spent dreaming up a story linked to the archaeology of Yeavering.

A great story emerged that included the sacred goats of Yeavering, and discovering the secret of the white deer that lured the hunters into the Henhole.

This atmospheric tale, along with artwork created by the pupils, will be retold in a public performance on Monday, July 1, at 7pm in Kirknewton Village Hall.

For ticket information, visit www.abitcrack.com