Calling all young history buffs: explore archaeology online.

Land of the Fanns teams up with MOLA to bring history alive via online webinars

The land of the Fanns stretches from east London into south west Essex, a fascinating landscape full of historic and environmental treasures waiting to be discovered. With the help of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), the Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme is offering all budding archaeologists and historians a chance to learn from an expert, find out more about the history across the local landscape and get crafty too. Two special free webinars on October 26 and October 29, for children aged 7-11 yearsand their families will explore archaeology and the fascinating story of the past beneath our feet.

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme’s aim is to connect people to their local area and it has a range ofopportunities for people across the area to learn new skills andengage in events and activities focussed on the landscape, its heritageand natural history.

For October half term, MOLA will run two webinars to explore what archaeology is and how it can be studied across the Land of the Fannsat some local sites. Each will feature an archaeological craft activity to join in with:

The first webinar on Monday 26 October at 2pm looks at Roman pottery and shows how to make salt dough pottery. Roman pottery kilns have been found across the Land of the Fanns in Thurrock,Romford and in Grays. The second webinar on Thursday 29 October at 2pm, is all about the Norman Conquest and its impact on the Land of the Fanns area. The medieval barn in Upminster is similar to Norman tithe barns and will look at how to make a tithe barn money box. 

MOLA’s travelling archaeology exhibition has been seen at several Land of the Fanns events in the past. In the current situation, while MOLA and the Land of the Fanns cannot run events, they have worked together to create these innovative webinars which will be alasting resource for parents and schools to use to bring history alive. 

Benjamin Sanderson, Land of the Fanns Scheme manager said “It’s great to be working in partnership with expert archaeologists from Museum of London Archaeology. Hopefully by presenting local archaeology online we can continue to inspire and engage local communities by providing a unique insight into the past.”

Paul McGarrity, MOLACommunity Engagement Project Officer, who will lead the webinars said “The Land of the Fanns is full of amazing archaeology and history, which I’ve taken as inspiration for my online workshops this October Half Term. All are welcome to join from the comfort of home to get creative and learn something along the way!”


Places should be reserved in advance, up to and including the day of the event, via GoToWebinar. 

Workshop 1: Roman pottery and salt dough making• Monday 26th October, 2-3pm• To book a place, go to:

Workshop 2: Norman Conquest and tithe barn moneyboxes• Thursday 29th October, 2-3pm• To book a place, go to:

After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For help using GoToWebinar, please email, further information is also available online:

The Land of the Fanns is based at Thames Chase Forest Centre. Thames Chase Trust is the lead partner in Land of the Fanns project. The other partners are: Forestry England, Thames Estuary Partnership, Brentwood Borough Council, London Borough of Havering, Essex County Council, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Thames21 and Thurrock Council.

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