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The Ancient Technology Centre

Learn ancient skills in an authentic landscape, from building ancient structures to blacksmithing and fire-making.

Our activities and buildings are based on archaeological evidence from a range of periods including the Neolithic, Iron Age (Celtic), Viking, Roman and Anglo Saxon eras. Children and adults who visit us perform tasks which are integral to the successful continuance of the centre.

Residential accommodation is available in our stunning Longhouse.

"I can't eulogise enough about how brilliant the whole experience is! In eighteen years of teaching it's the best trip I've been on!"
Queen's Park Junior School

Where to find us (BH21 5RP)

  • Ancient Technology Centre site: Link to SchoolsSchools

    There is nowhere else like the Ancient Technology Centre. We have successfully delivered inspiring learning experiences for children of all ages for many years, but sometimes the day is not long enough.

  • At work on a thatched roof: Link to Other groupsOther groups

    The Ancient Technology Centre can take groups of many kinds, for example Scouts and Guides, youth groups, University of the Third Age, re-enactment societies or corporate team building groups.

  • Ancient Technology Centre site: Link to Public events at the Ancient Technology Centre (ATC)Public events at the Ancient Technology Centre (ATC)

    The Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne offers a range of opportunities for the general public including open days, public courses, storytelling and musical events.

  • Volunteers building a wall: Link to The Stonehenge Visitor Centre projectThe Stonehenge Visitor Centre project

    The Ancient Technology Centre is embarking on the second phase of its work at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre.

  • Building a wall from cobb: Link to Universities and collegesUniversities and colleges

    The Ancient Technology Centre is an inspirational base for a broad range of studies.

  • Preparing the uprights: Link to Volunteering opportunitiesVolunteering opportunities

    We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to come and work with us at the Ancient Technology Centre. It is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a fantastic educational project as well as a chance to learn new skills.

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