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Discover hidden historical gems in Thurrock

Discover Hidden Historical Gems in Your Local Landscape
Pop-up Museum Goes on Tour


The Land of the Fanns team is delighted to be hosting a pop-up display, curated by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), showcasing the fascinating history, archaeology and heritage of the area across which the Land of the Fanns project operates, an ancient landscape straddling the London – Essex boundary and covering Thurrock, Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Brentwood.

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and aims to help local people to discover, enjoy and take pride in their local landscape. MOLA archaeologists are bringing together artefacts on behalf of the Land of the Fanns that reveal the history that can be found beneath our feet.

The display , which is touring local festivals and events from June to October 2019, reveals how London, once made up of fens, forests and farms, has developed over the centuries; the area’s vital role in creation of wealth; its strategic importance in the world wars and its links to great trade routes of the world via the Thames. There is a great deal of this heritage still visible in the local landscape, remnants that people may not be aware of in their local area but can discover in this display.

Display dates and locations – all events are free and run from 10am – 4pm
The Hornchurch Military Day Festival, Hornchurch, RM12 6TS, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 June 2019
Valance House Prehistory Festival, Dagenham, RM8 3HT, Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June 2019
The Orsett Show, Orsett, Grays, RM16 3JU, Saturday 7 September 2019
Apple Day, Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster RM14 3NS,Sunday 20 October 2019

Benjamin Sanderson, Land of the Fanns Partnership Scheme Project Manager, said, “There is such an amazingly rich history to explore in the Land of the Fanns. People will be astonished at the things they take for granted that are actually part of our heritage with links back across the centuries to people long gone but still present in the landscape’

Magnus Copps, MOLA Head of Audience Engagement said: “The Land of the Fanns has an incredibly varied history, in terms of exciting archaeological discoveries, beautiful historic buildings, and a rich military tradition. The display offers visitors an opportunity to explore these and  learn more about their local museums and heritage sites”


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