National Trust Sutton Hoo Project

This was a wonderful project working under the umbrella of the National Trust with two schools on the Sutton Hoo site. The two primary schools were Gusford and Rendlesham and the brief was to achieve a sculpture, which would be installed in the grass boat shape, by the Play area. Again there was strong emphasis on making the children work together and this was achieved by mixing the children from both schools.

The project took place over five days and involved the children drawing onto paper, images of the artefacts found in the boat and transferring these, as a shared drawing, onto clay. The images were then captured in cement and placed in a row along the bottom of the grass boat shape. The children learnt how to make an image in Plaster of Paris first, how to make a mould, watched how cement was mixed and the exciting bit, uncovered their images to see the final results of all their hard work.

The children’s sculptures can still be seen at the Sutton Hoo site, near Woodbridge.