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Avalon Marshes’ Hands on Heritage volunteers have been working hard in experimental archaeology to create a reproduction of the Sweet Track at Shapwick Heath NNR. The replica, which has been built using traditional methods and design, is situated near the site of the real Sweet Track which is preserved by the waterlogged peat of the Avalon Marshes.

Although the modern trackway is open to view, you will have to wait until later in the winter 2014/15 before you can follow in the footsteps of prehistoric man.

Find out more about the Hands on Heritage works by visiting the Avalon Archaeology Blog


The ‘Hands on Heritage’ project is part of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership scheme; a three-year venture funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Sights & Sounds of the Marshes is a digital media project delivered by our partners at Somerset Film and funded by the Hertiage Lottery Fund.  Local school and college children are being given the opportunity to explore the landscape through digital stories, film, radio and audio recordings.

Year 2 children at St Joseph’s & St Theresa’s School in Wells took part in the project just before the summer holidays. The pupils researched wetland wildlife and learnt about photography, then visited Shapwick Heath NNR to photograph the wildlife they had researched.  The children’s ‘digital stories’ about the wildlife of the Marshes were compiled with their photos and voiceovers by Will Bix of Somerset Film. Here is a video about them making those stories.

There are still spaces to take part in this project. Teachers from primary or secondary schools should contact Amy Stone at the Avalon Marshes Landcsape Partnership if they are interested.

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The Images of Avalon archive would like to scan images that you have to create a unique look into the life of the Avalon Marshes area. We’re looking for images of people, places, and landscape that show aspects of industry, agriculture, history, and social and domestic life.

The Images of Avalon is a community orientated multi-layer project focused on the landscape and cultural heritage of the Avalon Marshes area, and it includes:
Phase 1: ‘Then and Now’ – A photographic competition and exhibition of entries that will be included in the archive.
Phase 2: ‘Footprints from the past’ – To gather a collection of a digital of images to produce an archive for our website and public use.

The first phase of image collection was exhibited at Somerset Crafts centre during July 2014; the next phase is to gather images and oral accounts of the magic of the Avalon Marshes.

The images we collect will be documented and uploaded to our website allowing anyone who is interested in the Avalon Marshes to view them. They will enable people to visually explore the cultural diversity and varied history of this special landscape.
The collection will also be made available to all the partners and may be used in publications, educational, and promotional material for the benefit of everyone.

We also need volunteers to help with:
• Entering images and data onto the database and website
• Assisting with image collection and community events
• Image scanning and manipulation

If you would like to know more about the project and how you can be involved please contact:
Tanya Camberwell, The Community Heritage Officer at: or telephone 01458 860556.