Thursday, 15 September 2011

Summer Round Up - Tullie House

The Deja Crew have been busy this summer.
25th June and the whole team was at Tullie House in Carlisle for the opening of the new Roman Frontiers Gallery. We ran hands on Pottery Workshops, Weaving, Jewelry making, Willow Weaving and Herbs, and Storytelling in the Border Gallery and Tullie House garden.  We recruited for the Children's Roman Army and marched to Carlisle Market Place and back.

Shamus tells a good tale

Muriel advises on Iron Age dental hygiene

Battle Cry!!
Sulwyn will make you a mystic pendant


Pictures are worth a thousand words....

Friday, 9 September 2011

The Eagles Have Landed - eventually...

This post is really about something from last year, but the pieces have only just fallen into place.

The Eagles have Landed was a programme of schools and community events we developed for Hadrian's Wall Heritage, to support the touring exhibition from Tullie House, while their new Roman Gallery was being prepared.

We ran a 2 day public event at Segedunum (4/5th September 2010) while the exhibition was there. During the Autumn term we followed it to the other side of the World Heritage Site at Maryport. There was another 2 day public event (23/24th October 2010) at the Senhouse Roman Museum. We wanted to highlight the impact the sudden appearance of the sophisticated and intimidation Roman Legion would have had on the locals.

Talk about Culture Shock!

Each of our characters took a view on this, from soldiers extolling the virtues of Army life and recruiting with the promise of an easy life and wages, to the local craftspeople who may have seen new business opportunities and those who would have viewed all this with suspicion and fear. After all what did the Romans ever do for us?

The schools project involved working closely with all of Year 7 from Burnside College, almost 200 of them, during the first half of the Autumn Term. We ran Drama and Storytelling workshops, exploring the identity of those who may have lived near Segedunum and created a large ceramic sculptural piece.

All of this was last year, the new parts are

the publishing of a Teachers Resource, go to and scroll down. It's in a number of parts to ease the downloading!

and the installation of the ceramic sculpture, being planned in the centre picture above, at Tullie House for the opening of the new Roman Frontiers Galley early in the Summer. See Graham Taylors' blog for more details and images -

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

just holding the space

Hello Folks,
at present The Deja Crew's blog is at

We recently changed our name from the Tyne Team to The Deja Crew and eventually the blog may transfer here, but in the meantime use the link above for news on The Deja Crew

Monday, 15 August 2011

The Deja Crew - New Name, New Image, Same Quality

You've probably noticed we have changed our name. The old name had a few issues with a certain TV Archaeology programme and a group of management consultants in Allendale. So we are now

The Deja Crew

We are still offering the same exciting, informative and creative historical workshops.

With a new name comes fresh publicity, so here it is...

If you would like a copy of the new flyer, or more details about what we offer, please get in touch.

01547 540235

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Where to Find Us

Tyne Team members will be out and about across the north of England during Sumer 2011. Catch them at the following venues:

Tullie House, Carlisle
Opening of the new Roman Gallery
25th June

Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport, Cumbria: Roman Festival events
Tuesday July 26th - Ruth Hicken; weaving & textiles
Tuesday Aug 2nd - Jim Grant; storytelling
Tuesday Aug 9th - Graham; Roman Pottery
Tuesday Aug 16th - Sue & Leslie; Roman & Celtic Crafts
Sunday Aug 21st - Roy & Steve; Roman Army

Hardwick Country Park, Sedgefield, County Durham: Roman Festival
August 6th/7th

Craft demonstrations, story telling and 'have a go' - activities for everyone of every age

We look forward to seeing you