The Ancient Technology Centre

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The Ancient Technology Centre

Take a step back in time and experience the realities of life in the past.  Learn ancient skills in an authentic landscape, from building ancient structures to blacksmithing and fire-making.  Over the past thirty years thousands of children have passed through our gates and enjoyed unforgettable experiences of the past.

Learning at The Ancient Technology Centre Cranbourne

Some recent evaluations from visiting schools say it all:

“I have not got enough superlatives to adequately describe this trip.  It was absolutely excellent.  I have been teaching for 26 years and I would rate it THE top location I’ve ever taken children to.”

“Best school trip ever!”

“The children had a wonderful day and all tried new things that they may never have had the opportunity to do otherwise.  We saw a different side to so many of them.  They also learned heaps.”

“A thoroughly enjoyable day.  The children loved it and were even more excited about the Stone Age afterwards!”

“Always an excellent experience.  A wonderful introduction to the ancient world through hands on activities.”

We believe that experiential learning through living and working in an authentic Dark Age period is the best way to learn history. Our Ancient Technology Centre activities are realistic skills and crafts which link to KS1 and KS2 of the National Curriculum for History. Children take part in seasonal and sustainably resourced activities and follow processes unchanged for thousands of years.

Our activities and buildings are based on archaeological evidence from historical periods including the Stone Age, Bronze age, Iron Age, Roman and Viking/Anglo-Saxon eras.  A unique residential opportunity is also provided by our stunning Viking Longhouse. Learning incorporates where things come from, how the world has changed and how the seasons affected our ancestors.  The overriding focus of any visit is to allow children to learn by participating in enjoyable activities. The ATC is an open air museum and, as such, the activities available to your group are seasonally determined.

Many of our building and maintenance projects are completed by visiting groups and this allows them to gain a greater understanding of the challenges our ancestors faced day to day. Visitors to our site genuinely experience what it would have been like to live a day in the life of their ancestors. It is hard work, takes a team effort, determination and a lot of questions to complete their task, regardless of the weather!



Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking


Cater for Educational Groups, Coach Parties Welcome, Conference Facilities, Groups Welcome, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,






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01725 517618

Opening Hours

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Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP

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