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Sleepovers and volunteers: presentation from the Ancient Technology Centre at the St Fagans conference

Date: 
Wednesday, 27 May, 2015
Responsible: 
Steve Burrow
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
c. 50
During the St Fagans Conference, Luke Winter, Director of the Ancient Technology Centre, gave an inspirational talk on the role of his organisation in delivering sleepover experiences for school children, and the place of volunteers in the ATC.

Luke demonstrated the importance of basing our work on clear aims and values in order to help us in the difficult choices that have to be made regarding health and safety on site. This was especially well-illustrated through his plan to develop sleepovers for school children. This involved negotiating safe solutions to food preparation and fire safety. In addition, the work of constructing the sleepover facility - a Viking hall - was largely undertaken by volunteers, a very considerable undertaking.

The work that Luke and his team have undertaken has informed the plans that St Fagans is developing for its own sleepover facility - a medieval court based on Llys Rhosyr on Anglesey.