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On my travels to the north this half term, we were lucky to dip into this very inspiring exhibition about landscape and how humans interact with it, at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre.

It is part of the Future Landscapes Festival, put together by Northumberland National Park.  They have a host of events going on, with a couple of really interesting ones taking place online, like this one on 11 November at 7:30pm: Decolonising the Environmental Movement – In conversation with Sarah Hussain and Serayna Solanki.


Here are some pictures of the exhibition – they fail to communicate how good it was, but perhaps give you a bit of a feel…

There was an incredible game in which you tried to stop a landscape flooding with an allocated budget by chosing from a range of possible interventions – my 11-year-old loved this and really learnt something about flooding and how it relates to our choices.

And then there was the live mapping sandpit – you moved sand around and a contour map projected onto it changed as you changed it.  Both my children loved it, especially the 5 year old.  What a great way to start to understand maps.


If you’re anywhere near The Sill this month, go see!



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