Thursday, 12 June 2014

Cambo First School - Did they enjoy the day?

Last week The Deja Crew spent the day with Cambo First School in Northumberland.  The whole school were involved from Reception to Year 4.  After we left the children then slept over!
The children were brilliant, despite the heavy rain, they threw themselves into the activities. Over the next few posts we'll let you know about the activities and the characters they met during the day.

Here's a couple of images as a taster and the words of the Headteacher...

...thank you and your team for a wonderful learning day! The children are absolutely shattered but have really enjoyed everything they have done! They are thoroughly exhausted and indeed are in bed as we speak! Mind not asleep!!!!! 

Just one more finishing touch!
...keep going - this is the Roman Army
Thanks to Lesley and Graham for the photos.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Our next project...

We're excited about next week.  We'll be working with the Haltwhistle Film Project and Cambo First School to make a film about what we do!
It's still a bit of a secret, but  as soon as it's finished we'll post a link here - YouTube here we come...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Wonderful Willow

Part of the fun of working in a heritage education cooperative is that you get to meet all sorts of interesting people. Last summer, working at Maryport in the 10th anniversary celebrations of Hadrian's Wall Path opening, I had the pleasure of working with Paula Constatine, a weaver with wonderful practical aptitude. We got chatting and I then invited her down from Wooler to run a basket making course last autumn. From that, we formed an interest group and she came back this spring to make large sculptural willow tripods for gardens or large pots. 

Here we are, working away under the silver birches at St John Lee, Acomb, Northumberland. If you are interested in learning more or in joining our willow interest group, please contact me on

Lesley Silvera

Lesley can be found at Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend on Monday 14th April 2014 as part of The Deja Crew's Roman Occupation - for more details see Segedunum's event's page

Monday, 31 March 2014

Roman Occupations

Over the Easter Holidays members of The Deja Crew will be at Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend.

7th April 2014, 11:00am to 3:00pm:  Victor the Veteran will be looking for new recruits and explaining how a life in the Roman Auxilary is a good career choice.  Find out what you need to join the 4th Cohort of Lingones, wear the armour, handle the sword, smell the garum...
There will be drill sessions (in Latin!) at

14th April 2014, 11:00am to 3:00pm:  Muriel the Herbalist will be demonstrating how the local British tribes used herbs for cooking and healing.

21st April 2014, 11:00am to 3:00pm:  Gaius Bellicus, itinerant Master Pottery will be setting up his workshop.  There may even be a chance to get your own hands dirty...

for more details go to Segedunum events

See you there...