USB sticks – Layers of History Videos


See your local history come to life!

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Layers of History was our fantastically successful volunteer-led project. Over four interesting years we taught volunteers skills and put them to good use researching our chosen sites. The culmination of the project saw four of the sites having a video made to tell its own story. These videos help viewers visualise what life might have been like in Lincolnshire in the past. They range from Neolithic monuments as important as Stonehenge, to World War 2 structures left as reminders of our more turbulent past. These ‘Journeys of Discovery’ were put onto USB sticks as a thank-you to the volunteers for all the help and support they gave us in making the project the success it was.

The videos are of:

Harlaxton – Magical Mystery

Today, Harlaxton is a rural village on the western edge of Lincolnshire. But below its rolling fields is a prehistoric mystery. Once, five thousand years ago, those fields held large monumental structures that were the gathering point for hundreds of our stone age ancestors. Through careful study and fieldwork the Layers of History volunteers have attempted to give meaning to the ghosts of structures seen in aerial photographs, more than that they have looked at the wider pool of archaeological knowledge to tell the story of what might have happened here all those centuries ago.

Revesby – Peace in War

Positioned in a wooded enclave between Lincoln and The Wash, Revesby Estate, once the home of the famous botanist and explorer Sir Joseph Banks, has been owned and managed by the same
family for more than 300 years. Mentioned in the Doomsday Survey, Revesby and the surrounding villages were established by Saxon times. The estate is also the site of a Cistercian Abbey created at the time of The Anarchy in the 12th century. Now little more than a field of humps and bumps the story of the formation of the abbey is one that hints at tumultuous times past. Written at the time of construction the Abbey Charter makes mention of the people who lived and worked the land who were offered (unusually for the time) new homes or their freedom from serfdom.

South Ormsby – Expanded Histories

Nestling in the Lincolnshire Wolds, South Ormsby was once an extensive medieval village. By the 17th century, however, it had reduced in size and become more of a working estate. The Massingberd family who bought the estate, were people of wealth and taste and redeveloped the estate with a fine house and gardens by the best designers of the day. As fashions have changed the hall and park have been redesigned, with each design reworking the elements of the previous house and gardens. Naturally this process will continue, but the traces of the estate’s history are still to be found in the landscape.

Freiston – Secret Sentinel

Freiston Shore is a remote coastal site on the edge of the fens. It currently comprises an extended line of military structures merging into a RSPB nature reserve. Originally a fashionable sea bathing resort, Freiston Shore was left behind by the railway revolution in the 19th century and by the 20th century was a shadow of its former self. The outbreak of World War Two and the fall of France, however, was to change the face of Freiston Shore for ever. In a matter of weeks coastal guns and searchlights were installed and a line of defences extending all along the coast was constructed. In the dangerous days of 1940 a Royal Artillery battery and a battalion of infantry waited by the cold North Sea, watching for the first glimpse of German warships that would signal the beginning of battle and invasion.

For only £4.99 (including P&P) you can buy one of these USB sticks, which hold all 4 videos, to keep for yourself, give as a gift or use as a learning resource. Seeing your local history brought to life proves a valuable resource for people of all ages!

Each video is only 3-4 minutes in length so provides a perfect little snap shot to help people of all ages picture our County’s amazing heritage.

The USB stick can also be used for extra storage. The stick holds a total of 3.74 GB, of which 1.79 GB is free space

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Weight 0.2 kg