Farm Updates

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!

Autumn on the Farm

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…

August 1 2022

We raise a standing stone for our 50th anniversary, finish our Roman mosaic, celebrate the Festival of Archaeology, build a Mesolithic shelter, and more!

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 27 2022

We plant a Roman vine, host a horde of students, take down another outbuilding, prepare to erect a standing stone, and start our next roundhouse!

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 25 2022

We celebrate Butser Plus’ first birthday, plant a Stone Age farm, and show you how to build a wickerman — or at least, how we’ve done it — complete with plenty of pictures!

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!