Hirst Park Middle School are proud to have been invited to create a series of short videos looking at the archaeological excavations taking place just up the coast at Low Hauxley. You can view the videos by clicking on the links on the left hand side of this page.
The Rescued from the Sea project aims to excavate and rescue what is left of a Bronze Age cemetery site, and underlying Mesolithic deposits before they are eroded into the sea. The erosion problem is only worsening and, if left untouched, the entire site will be lost to the sea within a mere few years.
Enlisting the help of volunteers, local schools, university students and a number of experts and specialists, Archaeological Research Services and the Northumberland Wildlife Trust have planned a 10 week excavation to discover as much as possible about the landscape’s past inhabitants.
It was always a feature of the Rescued from the Sea excavations that local schools would play in important part in the project. However it was thought that this would involve groups of students actually taking part in the dig.
When Hirst Park Middle School arrived with a team of young investigative journalists and their plan to make a series of video features we took the educational role of the project in a slightly different direction!
The Student Crews
For the summer shoot we recruited and trained a new video crew (who have decided to name themselves 'Fab-u-lous Productions') especially for this project. In the main picture above they can be seen, in action, interviewing Dr. Clive Waddington at the Low Hauxley site.
Of course this isn't just an exercise in pointing a camera! The research, the questions, analysing the interviews and the thread of the edit is all the work of the media crew which makes the process a valuable educational tool.
They also pick up rather a lot of knowledge of the subject of the video along the way!
Interviews with our crew, where they let you in on a few of the secrets behind the production process as well as what being involved in the Rescued from the Sea project means to them, can be found on the Hirst Park in the News page where our recent encounters with BBC Radio Newcastle and ITN News are available.
An important part of our media work is having the students pass on their skills and help with training by having new crew work with them or alongside them on projects.
Six months after the original excavations finished, storms and tidal surges battered the coast and the erosion revealed some new and exciting archaeology. Clive and his team returned for an investigation which lasted a few days. We were proud to be able to make a follow up film covering this. It was a great opportunity for our Year 8 students to pass on their media skills to our new Year 7 crew. The resulting video can be seen on our Bonus Video Two page.