English Heritage brings the story of England to life for over 10 million people every year and their collection of historic places ranges from prehistoric sites to late 20th century. Now a registered charity, English Heritage has sought to strengthen their engagement with the public, delivering an experience of history that is vivid, alive and truly unforgettable.
English Heritage contacted Micro in 2017 to discuss an educational project for the Stonehenge site, a project in which they envisaged a 7.5 metre by 0.6 metre interactive, magnetic-timeline for use during their education school visits.
The Stone Circle is the centrepiece of any visit to Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. It is the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe and an iconic symbol of Britain. With a history spanning 4,500 years, Stonehenge has a wide range of meanings to the people of today and is one of the wonders of the world, a spiritual place and a source of inspiration.
Micro supplied the timeline as a weatherproof ferrous sheet plus 50 smaller high-grade magnets that could be used to interact with the timeline. These smaller magnets were printed with information such as an era or an era description and when used during a planned activity, were the perfect aid to teach children about the history of Stonehenge.
Micro was lucky enough to see the timeline in action during an educational school visit. When Micro arrived, the timeline was laid out ready for a class. The teachers were provided with packs containing a lesson guide and accessories for the class. The children each read aloud the information on the smaller magnets which, with the aid of the teachers, were then placed in the correct position on the timeline. English Heritage Education Evidence Boxes were also provided alongside the eras on the timeline containing relevant props such as pieces of flint, clothing, pilot’s hats, antlers, a Victorian camera etc. The props were to prompt discussions on how people from each era lived their lives.
Micro has also been asked to supply a storage & transportation solution for the timeline.
Image: © 2017 English Heritage Trust