See what we’re up to on the farm! With frequent updates, we’ll show you everything we’re working on, share our triumphs and our struggles, and take you with us on this journey that you make possible with your support. Thank you so much for being here!
July 5 2023
We work on roundhouse repairs, hope for goat kids, plant up our new Roman garden, host a summer school of ancient metalworking, get excited for our Summer of Creativity, and more!
June 15 2023
We study ancient crops in our crop field, welcome piglets to the farm, say goodbye to Tyson the lamb, get started re-roofing a roundhouse, and look ahead to Equinox Viking Boat Burn!
April 18 2023
We’re celebrating our birthday by looking back at some of our favourite videos from the last two years! How to make ancient weapons, survive the Iron Age, build a roundhouse, raise a standing stone, and more!
September 30 2022
We process deerskin using Stone Age methods, light our Roman kiln, are gifted a replica Saxon cooking chain, and look back at this year’s amazing Viking boat burn!
September 5 2022
We bring in the Butser harvest, make an Iron Age art piece, pass on traditional skills to young folks, and craft a replica Stone Age artefact — complete with 3D model!
August 15 2022
We look back at the 50-year history of Butser Ancient Farm, the legacy of our first director Peter Reynolds, some of the ups and downs along the way — and what might be next for Butser…
July 11 2022
We try out a Roman pottery wheel, lay a new mosaic, are nearly finished with the Glastonbury rebuild (!), try to beat the heat, and explore the beautiful summer wildlife out on site!
June 6 2022
We dismantle a Stone Age outhouse, get ready to welcome some piglets, prepare to build (and burn!) a Viking longboat, admire our Saxon garden, and start the roof of our metallurgy building!
May 23 2022
We welcome archaeology students from UCL, make an Iron Age plough, myth bust the Saxon invasion in an episode of our new podcast, look back at Beltain told by the folks who were there, and get excited for our new Roman kiln!
April 11 2022
We take a special trip down memory lane to celebrate the completion of our new Saxon hall, from its discovery in 1972 to its reinterpretation at Butser today, and give credit where it’s due to the master craftsmen who built it!
March 28 2022
The first lambs of the year, we start (another!) new building project, preparations are made for a second mosaic in the villa, we get ready to open to the public for the summer, and our Saxon hall is finished!
March 14 2022
Work starts on the Beltain wicker man, a day in the life of our experimental archaeologist Thérèse, preparing for lambing season, we’re still knee-deep in thatching work, and a preview of an upcoming video!
February 28 2022
The worst storms in 30 years, the first half term of the year, saying goodbye to the Glastonbury M74, starting the Saxon garden, and behind-the-scenes footage!
February 14 2022
A day in the life of our head groundskeeper Will, the finishing touches being added to our new Saxon hall, thatching begins on the Glastonbury M59 rebuild, and a sneak peek at a video to come!