Pupils at Sibford School have taken part in an exciting project organised as part of the 2018 European Year of Culture Heritage.
The boundary between Oxfordshire and Warwickshire is home to a group of mysterious prehistoric rocks known collectively as The Rollright Stones. The oldest, the Whispering Knights, is early Neolithic (circa 3,800-3,500 BC); the King’s Men stone circle is late Neolithic (circa 2,500 BC); and the King Stone is early to middle Bronze Age (circa 1,500 BC).
Over the years, the King’s Men Stone Circle has become depleted and so The Rollright Trust (who care for the area), in collaboration with the OYAP Trust Arts Charity, decided to challenge young people to help them fill in the gaps by creating new sculptures inspired by the stones and the legends attached to them.
Sibford pupils in Year 3 were invited to take part in the project. Having first visited the stones, the pupils then joined forces with local artist Anne-Marie Cadman, to create four unique sculptures.
These were delivered to the stones and formed part of the ‘Re-Imagining the Rings’ exhibition which is on show until September 9 as one of the events in the UK to celebrate the 2018 European Year of Culture Heritage.
Year 3 teacher Helen Arnold said: “This was a really exciting project to be involved with. The pupils were very engaged in creating their sculptures and they looked fantastic in the exhibition. They should all be very proud of themselves.”