Iron the Iron Age way at Ilam

Smelting iporn the Iron Age way will be demonstrated at The National Trust's Ilam Park near Ashbourne during a free archaeology day on Sunday 10th July from 11am ' 4pm.
Smelting iporn the Iron Age way will be demonstrated at The National Trust's Ilam Park near Ashbourne during a free archaeology day on Sunday 10th July from 11am ' 4pm.
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The National Trust’s Ilam Park near Ashbourne is holding a free archaeology day on Sunday 10th July from 11am – 4pm. The whole family will enjoy finding out about archaeology at Ilam and beyond and there will be hands-on activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained.

With a live archaeological dig taking place throughout the day for all to see, and perhaps even join in, this is a chance not to be missed! Expert archaeologists will be using geophysics to detect the layers of history beneath the surface, and visitors will be able to see the results on the day. Families can have a go at the ancient art of dowsing, see Iron Age smelting, enjoy some medieval cookery and be entertained by a medieval jester. There will also be the rare opportunity to see flint tools being made – a skilled craft called flint knapping.

Paul Mortimer, Projects Officer for the South Peak Estate, says: “The Ilam archaeology day brings the history of the White Peak to life, and we are really excited this year to be hosting a live archaeological dig. The hands on activities will give a real flavour of what being an archaeologist involves and the entertainment on show will make this a fun day out for all.”

Ilam Park is part of the National Trust’s White Peak Area which encompasses around 4,000 acres of open countryside, dales and farmland. The estate incorporates some of the most popular areas in the Peak District including Dovedale and the Hamps & Manifold Valleys as well as Ilam Park.

Entry to the event is free. Please contact 01335 350 503 for more information.