Beginning in the autumn of 2015 there will be a series of exploratory field walks and site visits organised along the South Dorset Ridgeway.
These are no ordinary guided walks: we will be accompanied by artists, archeologists, palaeontologists and geologists to explore what lies beneath our feet. No angle will be left unexplored!
These days will be varied: from field walking to simply looking at one site in particular.
Any artefacts or interesting archeological finds will serve as inspiration for the visual artists to develop their work.
One of the sites to be explored will be the events surrounding the decapitation of the Viking Raiding Party found on the new Weymouth Relief Road and the Osmington White Horse. Other significant finds are the Iron Age Portesham and Chesil Mirrors. The Portesham Mirror is currently on permanent display in the Dorset County Museum and they are currently exploring ways of raising funds to purchase the Chesil Mirror for permanent display.
The commissioned work will form the basis of a touring exhibition around rural Dorset. The work will be exhibited alongside ‘found’ objects or loaned from the County Museum. Venues will be Dorchester County Museum and smaller village venues such as village halls along the Ridgeway.
There will be a series of accompanied workshops and public talks taking place in rural venues associated with the exhibition.
Spring has sprung, the birds are busy nesting, and we are putting down our billhooks and our bowsaws and taking up our id guides and clipboards to survey the flora of the Ridgeway. The more we know about the wildlife on our patch, the better able we are to look after it, so take a look at our Events page to see what's coming up and join us if you can.
What histories, what stories would these stones, and ancient barrows tell us if they could talk?
What legends, fairy tales, local myths and oral histories have been woven into and around the landscape? What natural and created sounds can be heard high on the skyline underground, along footpaths, ancient tracks, and whispering woodlands?
In a ground-breaking new project as part of the South Dorset Landscape Partnership (The Land of Bone and Stone), a series of smartphone Apps have been developed which allows you to experience this universe for yourself!
Partners SATSYMPH have laid out a series of sound-pools in 7 evocative locations along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Access the sound-pools by downloading an app onto your smartphone, plus background maps, and head out to any of the 7 locations. Once there, open the app, plug your headphones in and wander. Your smartphone automatically senses the sound-hotspots through GPS and opens out the sound experience.
Land Bone Stone Apps 1-3 were made by the 3-man artistic collective SATSYMPH working with DIVAcontemporary, Sir John Colfox School (Bridport), Beaminster School, Weymouth College and Dorset Studio School, InsideOut Dorset, Artmusic, Frances Aitken and members of the public.