SIX young carers from across Wiltshire got to work alongside a TV crew from Time Team during a film-making project on Salisbury Plain .
The teenagers, who took part in Project Florence during the summer, were able to witness the discovery of 27 Anglo Saxon graves as well as a range of historic artefacts.
Their film – a central component of the Bronze Arts Award – is to be premiered at Salisbury Arts Centre in November.
Salisbury Arts Centre’s engagement manager, Simon Morris, who helped produce the film, said: “It’s been amazing to see the young people grow in confidence from where they started from, with practically no previous experience of making a film or operating the technical kit, to becoming imaginative and skilled documentary makers.
“They have amassed an amazing amount of quality footage and we can’t wait to screen the resulting film and have all their hard work appreciated by an audience.”
Project Florence is a Heritage Lottery funded project linked to Operation Nightingale, a Ministry of Defence programme to aid the recovery of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. It involves soldiers working alongside a number of organisations and local groups to excavate the 4,000-year-old Bronze Age Barrow Clump site.
Wiltshire Young Carers education link worker Sharon Worby said: “The young carers did interviews and learned about film-making with professional film-makers and then spent the rest of the summer editing what they had produced.
“They really enjoyed the archaeological dig and all the amazing discoveries that were made on the site.
“They worked very hard on the project and on their Bronze awards.”
Wiltshire Young Carers support service is part of Youth Action Wiltshire and provides respite, one-to-one support, training sessions, days out and regular group meetings with young carers in different parts of Wiltshire.