A grant of £23,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Young Roots scheme is enabling young people from Frome and Devizes to explore the mystery and maths of crop circles as part of the ‘Measuring the Land’ project, an extraordinary finale for the Break 3 creative maths programme.
“We wanted to find a way of bringing geometry to life in the biggest way possible”, said project manager Jo Plimmer. “We looked at the landscape of where we are, on the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire, and saw crop circles, and the prehistoric barrows and monuments that pre-date them. We were overjoyed when HLF were bold enough to support us!”
The project has been devised by Rook Lane Arts Trust, with Young People Frome and Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes.
“A key theme of our Young Roots programme is to encourage young people to find original and exciting ways of exploring their heritage. The Measuring the Land project aims to make innovative connections between the past and the present, using the young participants’ existing skills, as well as helping them learn new ones”.
Richard Bellamy, Acting Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West