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Historic England has awarded a grant of £73,261

Getting a glimpse into what life was like 3,000 years ago is a rare treat – so it’s great news that Historic England has awarded a grant of £73,261 for the conservation and protection of the rare Bronze Age log boats found at Must Farm, Whittlesey. Now housed at Flag Fen in Peterborough, the discovery of the eight boats on the edge of the quarry is of international historic importance and shows how people moved through the Fens thousands of years ago. Analysis has revealed details about the species of trees used, how they were felled, composition of the woodland, and the tools and techniques used to make the boats. It’s fascinating, and I’m delighted this funding from Historic England, along with £48,854 match funding from Peterborough City Council, will further the conservation and preservation of the boats, part of which involves being constantly sprayed with a wax and water solution. Meanwhile, it’s good to see plans for the Whittlesey Heritage Centre move forward with architects invited to tender. Last November the Combined Authority approved £500,000 funding to help develop the centre, alongside £218,169 to create a new Heritage Walk to explore the history and heritage of the town. All fantastic for Whittlesey and a boost to the visitor economy.

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