The Meon Valley DVD, produced to drive build tourism and tell the story of the area, is now being used as a cross-curriculum resource for K2 Studies in Hampshire schools.
The Meon Valley: a Journey of Discovery explored the rich history of the Valley. Its settlement in the Iron and Bronze Ages, its Roman and Celtic history, its Saxon and Christian heritage and its landscape, and wildlife as well as its modern history and connection with Winston Churchill and the planning and preparation for D-Day.
Amy Snelling a year 5 teacher from Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic School said “I used the DVD in our topic lesson about the seven kingdoms of England and where the Anglo-Saxons settled in Britain. We talked about how our ancestors were the Meonwara (Meon People) who came from Denmark and settled in the Meon Valley after the Romans left and discussed how they developed the Meon as a fertile farming valley. The children loved the DVD; they said they found it very informative and useful to get a real experience of the area’.
Since being launched in October the DVD is continuing to receive great reviews and wide distribution throughout Hampshire and the surrounding counties.
The DVD is being stocked in Hampshire’s Central Library and in local libraries around the Meon Valley. It has also been shown in schools in Hampshire and Sussex. The DVD is on display and sale at the Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve Information Center.
Patricia Hanman, County Inspector and Advisor for RE and History, said: “The DVD is beautifully filmed! It’s an excellent resource for teachers to watch themselves to get inside the layered landscape that is the Meon Valley”.
The film also includes footage of the nature reserves at Old Winchester Hill and Titchfield Haven.
The DVD was produced and includes aerial footage filmed over 3 days using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle supplied by our technical partners Cambridge UAV.
The project included extensive research into the area including Saxon place names. It also included extensive and careful planning for each shot to get the best footage.
The project was the brainchild of Corhampton’s Friends of the Saxon Church, who run a variety of events and schemes to bring the valley’s ancient history to life. They commissioned us to produce the entire DVD from the planning stage right through to shooting and editing. We also did the voice-overs for the DVD.
Profits from sales of the DVD go to charities, community groups, schools and heritage organisations in the Meon Valley.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the DVD, please go to the http://www.saxonsinthemeonvalley.org.uk/