Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC): Woad dying

Our Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is back with an exciting new term of hands-on sessions!

Join community archaeologist Alexis and uncover some of the long and layered history of Fulham Palace. Young Archaeologists’ Club is suitable for young people ages 8 – 16 years old and attends independently.


20 January – Woad dying

In the Iron Age, it was popular to use the woad plant to dye wool and clothing. After creating designs with batik wax, we’ll use the traditional woad dying method to dye cloth.

(This session was previously scheduled as an excursion to the South London Botanical Institute. Due to uncompleted building works at the excursion site, the trip will be re-scheduled at a later date).

17 February – Facial reconstruction

Facial reconstruction is a technique used in modern archaeology to recreate an image or model of people from the past may. Together, we’ll try our best to interpret skeletal remains using our model skulls and reconstruct their facial characteristics.

16 March – Animal bones

What can we learn from animal bones? Together we’ll explore what the bones left behind in history can tell us about the past.

27 April – Planning & section drawing

How do archaeologists actually record what is in the ground? Together, we’ll learn how to draw to scale and how to use archaeological equipment to take levels on the top of archaeological deposits.

Event details:

  • Our Young Archaeologists’ Club is for ages 8 – 16.
  • Students attend independently.
  • Attendees should come dressed in appropriate clothing for outdoor activities.
  • Guardians will be asked to sign a photo permission form for their student at this workshop. There is no obligation to sign this form if you do not wish your child to be photographed.