Two proud English Goats

Sunday the 14th of July was a marvellous day for the Weald and Downland Rare and Traditional breeds show! Rare and traditional sheep, cows, pigs, horses, poultry, rabbits, Guinea pigs and of course goats were brought from all over the country for the show.

Our team brought along two of our English goats to join in with the fun, and did exceptionally well! Sorrel our 3 year old ash white and black striped lady won 1st place in the Female Kidded category and Branwyn our fawn coloured goatling, won 2nd place in the goatling class!

They celebrated their little victories by chomping on hazel branches and getting lots of attention and affection from visitors. We are very much looking forward to next year when we will hope to bring some kids with us!

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UCL’s ‘Prim Tech’ Course is coming to Butser Ancient Farm!

See below for an exciting update about a new partnership between the farm and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

‘We are delighted to announce that, from September 2019, Butser Ancient Farm will be hosting the UCL Institute of Archaeology’s annual ‘Prim Tech’ course marking the start of what both institutions intend to be a period of partnership in teaching, research, and public engagement in the technologies of the past and their contributions to present-day issues of sustainability. Continue reading

Butser Wildlife Watch June 2019

We’ve been keeping track of the wonderful wildlife we see here at Butser as the seasons change. Here is our June update written by team member Victoria Melluish on what we’ve witnessed this month!

The humidity, rain and sunshine seem to have truly given the flora what it needs, the farm is looking remarkably vibrant and full of life! A magnificent ambiance for the summer solstice this year. Continue reading

Roman Villa renovations complete!

During May half term we celebrated the completion of our Roman Villa renovations as the final tesserae of our mosaic was laid, the final lick of paint applied to the walls, and furniture and flowers made the building into a home.

The villa, based on excavations from Sparsholt near Winchester, is now displayed in a way we feel represents how those who lived here almost 2000 years ago may have experienced the villa. The mosaic is a copy of the design originally in the villa, the walls have been painted based on evidence from the plaster found during excavations and we have furnished the space according to current research and experiments about use of domestic space. Of course, despite our renovations being finished for now, this is just the beginning of a new phase of life for the villa and there is still more we would like to do!  We are now able to test out, adapt and reflect changing theories about life in a Roman villa…  things never stand still for very long at Butser!

Here are some photos of the villa taken last week and of our opening celebrations to mark the occasion. Many thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make the villa renovations a success!