My name is Matt Russell and welcome to Experience the Iron Age.
Experience the Iron Age has been designed to give children and adults a varied, active and educational insight into life as it may have been in the Mid to Late Iron Age 400BC to 50 AD.
With the introduction of Pre-History into the Key Stage syllabus, Experience the Iron Age now provides Iron Age workshops for schools to hire and have the Iron Age arrive for a day of hands on learning and fun.
As well as school workshops Experience the Iron Age has also developed a range of displays, activities and presentations that suit varying public events and sites.
From small scale displays with talks, to larger displays with activities for children, these options are both ideal for indoor environments such as museums.
For outdoor events we have larger displays with the intention of giving a glimpse of life in the Iron Age.
We also can provide "Warrior Training" at outdoor events which gives the children the chance to learn the skills of an Iron Age Warrior.
In the past we have provided our services to the British Museum, Chalke Valley History Festival, Arts University Bournemouth, Red House Museum, Fishbourne Roman Villa and many more.
I am based on the South Coast of England and have spent many years travelling the UK and Europe taking part in Iron Age events with a local Iron Age group.
Over time I have learned to appreciate the depth and variety of skills the people from this period must have attained to produce the artefacts we have found in the last 200 years.
Finds such as the Battersea Shield, the Kirkburn Sword and the Winchester Hoard all give a glimpse into the past of a people who, in various tribes, inhabited much of what we now call Europe.
Sadly the Iron Age tribes appear not to have developed a written language. It is possible they used “spoken word” in memorised form to recall the past. Therefore we rely heavily on the writings of some Greek and Roman observers for information as well as the archaeological finds.