Linton Village College goes historical after securing grant from Heritage Lottery Fund
PUBLISHED: 14:09 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 22:08 31 May 2010
YOUNG people from Linton Village College (LVC) will be finding out about the history of the school site thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The year-long project involving archaeology, art and film-making was launched at LVC earlier
YOUNG people from Linton Village College (LVC) will be finding out about the history of the school site thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The year-long project involving archaeology, art and film-making was launched at LVC earlier this month by Lesley Morgan, arts development manager for Linton.
A LVC spokesman said: "The site at LVC is rich in archaeological discoveries, from Neolithic pits dug by early settlers some 5000 years ago to muskets and uniforms from the English Civil War.
"Recent excavations during the building of the new science block have uncovered evidence of a significant Roman settlement as well as the gruesome burial of headless bodies from the Saxon era."
During the initial phase of the project, students will learn about archaeological methods before digging their own test pits and carrying out their own excavations in the college grounds during the February half-term.
David Crawford-White of Oxford Archaeology East, one of the archaeologists who will be working with the students, said: "No one knows what they are going to find, but it is almost certain that they will find something. It will be tremendously exciting to be the first person to see and touch an object for over 2000 years."
The students will also be working with a professional film-maker to record their findings. Later in the year, they will be trained in oral history techniques before interviewing some of the students from the earliest years of LVC in order to film older people's memories of the original school building when it opened in 1937.