Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm

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  • Education

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Not for profit
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Butser Ancient Farm is an open-air experimental archaeology museum and active research centre, learning about the past by recreating it.

Our experiments are world-renowned, and our buildings include a Roman villa, Celtic village, Stone Age farm, and Saxon halls — all reconstructed from real UK archaeology, and open to be explored!

Visit on weekends & holidays April to October, or see how to book our hands-on school trips.


Butser Ancient Farm is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company with a focus on education and research.

The buildings at the farm are all based on evidence from archaeological excavations, and we test theories about the technologies, building techniques and ways of life of ancient people by reconstructing elements of their homes and lives. This helps us to better understand, educate about and learn from the past.

We welcome the public and educational groups to the farm year round, with special events and workshops connecting people to our ancient past in a hands on and fun way.

  • We welcome over 35,000 school children to visit us each year to learn about life in the past through hands-on practical activities.

  • We are open to visitors on special dates throughout the year and show a range of reconstructed buildings spanning the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo Saxon periods.

  • We have a number of ongoing research collaborations with academics, university departments and field archaeologists, primarily UCL Institute of Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology.

  • We are providers of regular work experience and training opportunities for students and young people.

  • The farm is a haven for wildlife, rare breed animals and endangered crops.

  • We are a regular filming location for documentaries, TV dramas and films, most recently in 2019 Horrible Histories: The Movie and Sky TV’s fantasy drama Britannia.

  • We host regular events from storytelling to Celtic Festivals, concerts and re-enactments.

  • We have a comprehensive workshop programme, teaching and keeping alive ancient skills.

  • We have a dedicated, expanding volunteer team and are always looking for new people to join the team.

  • We regularly work with a range of local charities on projects for socially isolated individuals and groups to engage with nature and heritage.

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