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Voyages in Deep Time – New Project Gets The Go-Ahead

The Trust is excited to announce the launch of the project Voyages in Deep Time following the award of support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Bransford Trust, in addition to a number of other organisations and individuals.

The project will produce apps to support the teaching of geology in schools and colleges in addition to informing a wider audience. The educational content will be produced with support of a number of geology teachers and their students. An associated web site will work in conjunction with the apps and provide resources to support artistic interpretations of deep time environments, through to the data to build ancient lifeforms and landforms using 3D printers.

For geology the project will focus on four main sites; in Worcestershire the Lickey/Clents Hills and Martley, in Herefordshire the Wye gorge and the Red and Black Darren area of the Black Mountains.

The project will develop 3 categories of app. The ‘Explorer’ will use the phone/tablet as a data recording device for field work. Information about the site to be explored is downloaded to the app from the Deep Time website, making it extendable to any location. The ‘Voyager’ will be built around a game/competitive theme, solving real problems in the context of ancient environments. The ‘PastBeneathMe’ will provide information on the rocks, soil, plus any archaeological or industrial history of the place beneath the user (limited to Herefordshire and Worcestershire). The data for this will be delivered, as far as possible live, from open source datasets, provided by the recently launched ESSP (Environmental Science to Services Partnership) involving BGS, OS, MetOffice, Environment Agency and others.

A Thousand Years of Building with Stone

The nature and history of the rocks below our feet not only shapes the distinct regional landscape we see around us but also influences what can grow, where settlements are established and what we build. From cottages to castles and from bridges to barns the stone built heritage of the region has, through the ages, represented an important link between the largely hidden world beneath our feet and our everyday lives.

However much of the awareness and knowledge of our stone built heritage has been forgotten or lost over time. This places many buildings, central to the particular character of our towns and villages, at risk. We want to delve into the history and stories surrounding our stone-built heritage, reuniting important – though not necessarily grand – stone structures with the lost quarries from which the material was won and reasserting the importance of such buildings in our local heritage.

Significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund means that the project is now underway and we are looking for people to become involved in uncovering and telling this story and recording it for the future.

We want to train volunteers to understand stone and record its uses in buildings, to search records, to uncover the stories of local people who worked with stone and to discover our lost quarries. If you are interested and wish to find out more about the project please contact us by email or phone or find us on twitter.

If you have already expressed an interest in being part of the project or being kept informed of progress, we will be writing to you very shortly.

Web: www.buildingstones.org.uk

Email: building.stones@worc.ac.uk

Twitter: @BuildingStones