Thursday, February 9, 2023

Land of the Fanns: Hidden Gems discovered at Pop Up Display

THE Land of the Fanns team was delighted by the response to the pop-up display, curated by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), which showcased the fascinating history, archaeology and heritage of the Land of the Fanns area at Hornchurch Military Festival on Sunday 9th June.


Children took on the challenge of becoming archaeologists for a day when they were invited to dig and find some ‘hidden gems’ in the dig boxes at the display. Sherds of Roman vases, complete with thumbprint decorations, sections of 15th century clay pipes, Bronze Age coins and much more were excavated by the children and then identified using photographs and the expertise of the
MOLA archaeologists who were on hand to talk about the finds and answer questions .

Debbie Brady, Heritage Engagement Officer for Land of the Fanns said, “it was the perfect launch for the travelling pop-up display. So many people discovered The Land of the Fanns Project and learnt a lot about the heritage and archaeology on their doorstep. We hope many more visitors come and see, learn and discover, when the Pop Up Display visits Cave Man Capers – The Valance House Pre History Festival on 22nd and 23rd of June from 10am – 4pm too”.

The display will also be visiting the Orsett Show Heritage Marquee on Saturday September 7th and on Sunday October 20th, it will be at Thames Chase Forest Centre Apple Day.

Valance House Prehistory Festival, Beacontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT
The Orsett Show, Orsett Show Ground, Orsett, Grays, RM16 3JU
Apple Weekend , Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster, RM14 3NS
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