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Saving Endangered Lambs

Our sheep are part of a rare endangered breed, so when two of this year's lambs are rejected by their mothers, it's up to the Butser team to step in and raise them ourselves... Read More

The Best of Beltain 2023

Relive the best of Beltain 2023, celebrated with music, mead, merriment, and of course, the burning of our 30ft wickerman. Here’s to good company and sunny days! Read More

How Do Goats Flirt?

We want goat kids! Not just 'cause they're cute -- our goats are part of a critically endangered breed, and we don't want to see it die out. But will our ladies accept the new man we've introduced them to? Read More

1: How Did Roman Hypocausts Work?

We're experimenting with keeping our Roman hypocaust lit 24/7 for a week straight! To understand what questions we should be asking, Thérèse travels to the UK's biggest Roman villa to see how their hypocausts were used... Read More

Winter Storytelling in a Roundhouse

A wintery feast of folklore and fairytales, told in our greatest roundhouse! Read More

Aligning a Stone With the Solstice

What do Stonehenge and the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh have in common? We set out to align a second standing stone with the sunrise at the Winter Solstice! But what is a solstice, and how do we know they were important to our ancestors? Read More

How to Make Prehistoric Art

Did ancient people paint their houses? Rachel mixes up some paint using prehistoric methods, and Thérèse digs up an old experiment to try and answer this question... Plus, we paint our newest Iron Age roundhouse! Read More

Viking Boat Burn – Autumn Equinox 2022

As the sun sets on the last summer's day, and the year turns to autumn, the Vikings march on Saxon homeland, and a fierce warrior is lost... Relive the magic with this commemorative video! Read More

Welcoming Piglets to a New Home

We're getting piglets back on site! To welcome them to Butser, Will and Stuart make the pigs' bed, dig out a wallow, and gently introduce the animals to their new home. Read More

How to Shear a Rare Four-Horned Ram

How do you shear a sheep? What about when it's a rare and ancient breed with four horns? We're joined by local shepherdess Lou to take us through it, and teach Butser animal whisperer Stuart how it's done! Read More