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Sleepovers: developing a medieval sleepover at St Fagans

Date: 
Monday, 3 January, 2011 to Monday, 13 July, 2015
Responsible: 
Steve Burrow
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
c. 50 contributors

The goal of this project was to develop a venue at St Fagans that will allow school groups to stay overnight, thereby broadening and deepening the learning experience that is available.

Due to the complexities involved, it was carried out across the full five years of the OpenArch project and included the following phases:

An assessment of demand
Research was undertaken to find out if there was sufficient demand among schools in Wales to make a sleepover facility at St Fagans viable.

Academic consensus
The academic community was consulted to gauge the level of support for the idea of building a medieval court and using it for sleepovers.

Historical accuracy
Detailed research was carried out to ensure that the reconstructed medieval court at St Fagans remained as true to the evidence from the original site, and supporting information, as was possible.

Benchmarking trips
Visits were conducted to other venues that already run sleepovers, in order to learn from other people's experience.

Issues
An assessment of the issues raised by the sleepover proposition was produced, and these were addressed during the course of the ongoing building works at St Fagans.

A copy of the project report is attached,