Go back to the stone age at Che­sham Open Air Mu­seum’s Wolf Brother day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: TRHer­bert

VISI­TORS could take a trip back in time to six thou­sand years ago at the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

As part of the school’s pro­gramme at the mu­seum, the learn­ing department cre­ated a theme day which links pre­his­tory with lit­er­acy based on the pop­u­lar book Wolf Brother.

Au­thor Michelle Paver launched the new Wolf Brother theme day which ties in with the pre­his­toric set­ting of her book, and also signed copies for the chil­dren.

The book is the first vol­ume in the cel­e­brated Chronicles of An­cient Dark­ness se­ries.

Staff at the mu­seum have cre­ated the at­mos­phere of the story us­ing the mesolithic site and beau­ti­ful wood­lands the mu­seum’s grounds.

Chil­dren were then asked to live the story and on meet char­ac­ters in­ferred from the story to gain some un­der­stand­ing of what it was like to live dur­ing the Stone Age era.

Mu­seum ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, Cathy Si­mon, said: “We learnt how em­pow­ered chil­dren felt when a story con­text was ex­plored and brought to life for them and saw that this em­pow­er­ing re­ally made an im­pact on the qual­ity of their writ­ing, so we’re de­lighted to be able to of­fer this unique op­por­tu­nity to schools.”

The mu­seum is also run­ning a spe­cial learn­ing day for home ed­u­ca­tors on Thurs­day, May 26, which in­cludes a Wolf Brother work­shop.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and fu­ture events visit

Fir­ing imag­i­na­tioned: The Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum has launched a theme day based on the book Wolf Brother

An­i­mal magic: At the Wolf Brother day.

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