Thanks for volunteering as coordinators!
Below are some ideas of what we thought groups might organise/arrange – please do get back to us with other ideas (e.g. post comments).
Category Idea Description Equipment Risks
Event Local Offa-ings "Offa-ing ideas" An event where local schools, clubs, groups, etc. are invited along to see the designs with cakes, coffees/teas (and perhaps judge them?) and the Micro-CoSMM scrapbook (or online blog from the web site from the things you have sent us)
Raffle, cakes, refreshments, projector, organised walk, playing our Podcasts, etc.
Venue, permission, funding, etc. None
Event Crafty Offa-ings Arrange an arts and crafts day that is Offa's/Wat's dyke related.
Initially at the Offa's Dyke Centre (later at other locations on along the dyke), the event could last no more than 6 hours (10am-4pm) and have a small art exhibition of photographs, painting, sculptures, etc. with "guess the location" raffle and refreshments with cakes based on the dyke(s), Saxons, dyke creation, etc.
Prizes to the best 3 public artworks or cakes and the nearest correct answer for the location of the artwork.
Coffee/tea-making facilities, plates and cutlery, table wear, facilities for displaying the artwork (telly for multimedia displays if necessary). Generic health and safety for the venue and public access to hot food & drink
Tidying up afterwards
Experimental Design a dyke Experimental archaeology: Get the local schools/colleges/clubs, etc. to design a dyke looking at the designs from the archaeological record.
Design a dyke that could be built at a local venue perhaps - even a model at a school
Pens, paper, modeling tools, etc. Experimental Build a dyke Experimental archaeology: 3m by 5m deep with the ramp up the 5m stretch at an angle to the viewing point so the visitors can see the dyke and what it showed and obscured
Ideally the first would be at the Knighton Offa's Dyke Centre with a camera from the centre looking at the structure and taking photos periodically - time-lapse or streaming video
Timber, chalk, soil, mattock, safety gear (from local builders?), manpower (local builders?), etc. Data Protection
Local authority permission, warning signs, heritage notice board, etc. (aided by and through the project)
Liaison Local contacts Please list the local contacts in schools, colleges, clubs, associations, colleges, guide/scout groups, local press, local businesses (perhaps for sponsorship), etc. that you feel would be helpful Notes None
Liaison Micro-CoSMM meetings Organise meetings between us and the CoSMM.coordinators and invite other locals to show what's been done - using resources you've fed back to CoSMMOut
Could be via Skype or Facebook chat or a mixture of, say, Offa's Dyke Centre meeting room and online chat/skype
To Be Decided
Venue if necessary
Liaison Project updates/liasison Liaison with us about ideas you or your group has had.
Anything of interest in the local area?
Any concerns about planning, etc. that we may be able to help with
Venue, skype/social media None
Project Chain Reaction A group of volunteers photograph themselves on the dyke from distances of 20m between people (the 1st at a fixed point).
Then turn around and photograph the person behind them
Digital camera's or smartphones Data Protection
Care to time it photos so the 'next' person you are photographing stays still until the shot is taken.
Ensure the (rough) distance is noted
Project Personal Historys Kids (with chaparone if necessary) take recording devices and interview older local residents to see what they remember about living near the dyke and when their forefathers (and/or friends) took them to walk or play around the dyke Pen & paper
recorder (smartphone or other hand-held recorder)
Accompanied by adult/chaparone/teacher
Project Fixed point photography At fixed points along the dyke, take photos towards the 4 points of the compass.
Note the time and date (time of year) and in what direction for each photo in a log
Photos to be taken at regular intervals (say, once per month?)
Note: Fixed points to be discussed by CoSMM & coordinators with Offa's Dyke Path officer
Camera or smartphone Ensure the notes are made of the direction, date and time
Ensure they are on the path not the monument where possible
Offa's Dyke Ale
Contact a local brewery with the ODA-at-50 logo to put on one or more ales (about 3% - 5% hoppy to strong session) To Be Decided Cost
Project Viewpoint photography Like Fixed Point Photgraphy but taken from away from the dyke towards the fixed point Camera or smartphone Ensure the notes are made of which fixed point, date and time
Ensure they are not on the monument where possible
Outreach 50 events in the 50th anniversary To Be Decided Costs
Advertising news of the events
Calendar and news coverage
This is a web site dedicated to CoSMM – Community Stewardship of Mercian Monuments … in this case primarily Offa’s Dyke and Wat’s Dyke.
In collaboration and support of the Offa’s Dyke Association (which now incorporates Wat’s dyke), we are progressing this very exciting venture of working with communities, on both sides of the monument, along the length so if you know of contacts please do let us know firstname.lastname@example.org.
The site has been set up by Archaeology Outreach UK and we are a couple of archaeology students keen on Outreach or simply engaging communities in archaeology, heritage, monitoring, preserving or simply admiring their local monuments.