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Housebuilder brings history to life for local pupils

Added on: 16th July, 2018 by Birmingham

Housebuilder brings history to life for local pupils

Last Updated:
Mon, 16 July 2018

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An East Midlands housebuilder got local school pupils excited about newly-discovered historic findings with a special assembly.

Redrow Homes East Midlands arranged for Richard Huxley, from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), to visit Breadsall Hill Top Primary School. There, he presented to Key Stage 2 pupils about the findings from an Iron Age settlement less than half a mile from the school.

The land on Breadsall Hilltop, which is the location of Redrow Homes East Midlands’ Durose Country Park development on Mansfield Road, saw a programme of archaeological work undertaken by ULAS earlier this year. Findings included an Iron Age roundhouse, and artefacts such as worked flints and pottery dating as far back as 4,000 years.

The children were encouraged to build their own roundhouses and meet Lug, a child from the Iron Age, to get an idea of what life would have been like 4,000 years ago.

Melanie Redgrave, Deputy Head at Breadsall Hill Top Primary School, said: “We were delighted to welcome Richard and Redrow for a very engaging assembly, and would like to thank them for coming along.

“The pupils had a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what life would have been like for children on this very spot during the Iron Age, and they were all very excited to find out more. It’s not often children get to hold artefacts that are up to 4,000 year old! We are looking forward to developing this partnership further next year.”
Mary Timlin, Sales Director for Redrow Homes East Midlands, said: “We’ve been working closely with ULAS to ensure all the artefacts found on the site of the development have been safely registered and stored.

“With Richard and his team’s help, we have uncovered fascinating insight into the area’s past, which we have really enjoyed sharing with the children at Breadsall Hill Top Primary School.”

Homes will be available at Durose Country Park towards the end of July. The development will feature a collection of high-quality two, three and four-bedroom homes near Derby, which combine excellent local amenities with easy access to the city centre and beyond.

For more information about Durose Country Park and to register your interest, please call 01332 647486 or see

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