Heritage Training for Teachers

The Chase & Chalke area is rich in heritage; from the extraordinary Dorset Cursus, the largest Neolithic earthwork in Britain to the tales of 18th century smugglers, from the foundation of Shaftesbury’s abbey to the rifle ranges near Bokerley Dyke on Martin Down.

We’re delighted to offer a free online training session to Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Trainee Teachers and Home Schoolers of all school age groups in and around the Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Wimborne and Blandford area.

Teachers learning about historical records
Teachers learning more about historical records

The training will be delivered by Historic England’s Local Heritage Education Manager Michael Gorely and Archive Education Manager Cat McHarg, and will cover techniques and ideas on how to use resources to explore local history and delve into the fascinating prehistoric archaeology of the Cranborne Chase area and how it can be used in a school setting.

The training will capitalise on the extraordinary, unique heritage of Cranborne Chase and suggest great places to get started with a local heritage study.

Participants will explore how to use primary sources, such as historical street directories, census returns, historical maps and aerial photography to extend children’s understanding of how people lived in the past and help develop their knowledge of their local heritage and its significance.

The sessions will run from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, on either Thursday 25th November or Tuesday 14th December 2021 via Zoom. To book your place on either session email our support officer, Sarah at sarahforwood@cranbornechase.org.uk. If you’d like more information call 07534 116341.


Heritage Training for Schools is a project involving schools and school children as part of the Chase & Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership.