FLINTKNAPPING DEMO/WORKSHOP SESSIONS

How the flintknapping session could work at your event/location

  • Flintknapping demonstration sessions can be an ideal accompaniment to any Stone Age themed museum, heritage centre, educational or corporate events, archaeology outreach activities, bush craft shows or even unusual parties/fancy dress. With a regular tapping of stones and antlers, it really does attract attention !
  • Demonstrations worked very well with a "Just drop-by/No booking required" approach or at large events where visitors are on the move, stopping occasionally to watch an activity
  • Demonstrations would normally be booked for full day (up to 7 hours) or half day (up to 3.5 hours)
  • Generally each knapping session would last around 30-45 minutes, comprising:
    • Brief introduction of the session; the flint and how it would have been mined and used; some examples of where stone age lithics were found
    • Knapping of flint modules into replica prehistoric tools
    • Question and answer during and after knapping
  • Knapping sessions can be interlaced with talks on all things prehistoric e.g. artwork, archaeological sites, dwellings, food, Shamanism
  • Please read Terms and Conditions and Services (for prices & service codes)

What could be on display

 

Authentic artefacts & replica's:

Prehistoric Living History:

  • Deer skin covered Stone Age dwelling with replica mammoth tusks (on soft or solid surface)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Hunting equipment (spear; bow & arrows; atlatl; fishing)
  • Storage items
  • Tanning frame  

What I will need

  • Access:
    • I will need vehicle access to the location (as flint nodules are very heavy)
    • Near-by parking
    • Seating for myself & the audience
  • Location Area:
    • For the (i) flintknapping demo, I will need an area of no less than 3-4 square metres (ideally outdoors or in a well ventilated room)
    • For the (i) flintknapping demo; (ii) display of prehistoric artefacts and replica items, I will need an area of no less than 5-6 square metres (ideally outdoors or in a well ventilated room)
    • For the (i) flintknapping demo; (ii) display of prehistoric artefacts and replica items (iii); Stone Age dwelling, I will need an area of no less than 8-10 square metres (ideally outdoors or in a well ventilated room)
  • Time:
    • Agreed start and end time
    • For the (i) flintknapping demo, I will need around 20 minutes preparation/set-up time and around the same to vacate the location
    • For the (i) flintknapping demo; (ii) display of prehistoric artefacts and replica items, I will need around 45 minutes preparation/set-up time and around the same to vacate the location
    • For the (i) flintknapping demo;, (ii) display of prehistoric artefacts and replica items (iii); Stone Age dwelling, I will need around 90 minutes preparation/set-up time and around the same to vacate the location
    • NOTE - Preparation time will not be counted against agreed demo duration. Inclusion of the Stone Age dwelling is weather dependent for outdoor events
  • Special Attention:
    • Although I will always do my best to accommodate any special requests for flintknapping styles, prehistoric periods or tool manufacture, this needs to be discussed during booking
    • Replica ancient items will be on display, including real animal parts in prehistoric context (e.g. teeth & bones; hides; bird wings) - these are for educational purposes only and are not intended to offend or upset the audience. If you feel these are not appropriate or are concerned about allergies, please discuss during booking.
    • All demonstrations that involve "fire" use an electric flame-effect light that generates minimal heat and no fumes, so can be used safely inside

Risk Assessment

  • I can provide a sample RISK ASSESSMENT form for you to use >> Click Here
  • I am CRB checked
  • Flintknapping Demonstration:
    • Safety glasses will be provided for the audience less that 3m away from the flintknapping activity
    • During demonstrations the audience will not be invited to participate in flintknapping due to the safety aspects of the craft. If you do wish to try flintknapping during a demo session, it must be discussed during booking or as part of a pre-arranged workshop
    • All flintknapping will be performed on a large tarpaulin, so that any flint fakes will be quickly removed from the location once the session is complete and disposed of correctly
  • Flintknapping Workshop:
    • For pre-arranged workshops Ancientcraft will supply appropriate PPE (safety glasses and leather gloves) which must be worn.
    • Participates are encouraged to wear old clothing (e.g. jeans) and shoes to protect themselves from (heavy) flint nodules/flakes and must be informed of the potential risks (including that the event will typically be held outdoors)
    • All flint will be provided and participates can keep what they make
    • All flintknapping will be performed on a large tarpaulin, so that any flint fakes will be quickly removed from the location once the session is complete and disposed of correctly
  • It is the organisers responsibility to:
    • Provide a trained first aider (as required by your event)
    • Have details of the nearest A&E hospital (as required by your event)
    • Comply with any HSE checks/restrictions (as required by your event)
    • Provide seating, advertising/posters and staff to supervise the audience

Ancientcraft Clients

 

MUSEUMS / HERITAGE CENTRES

"We have no archaeologist on the staff so in 2005 James instigated and organised the annual Archaeology Family Fun Event Days to celebrate Archaeology Week at this museum for several years until he went to university. He was also a co-founder and leader of a new young archaeologists? group, the Royston Time Trackers, sharing his skills every month in the museum with children aged from 7 -14 years. His skills, extensive knowledge and passion for sharing and demonstrating ancient crafts, particularly flint knapping, have stimulated a lasting interest in archaeological crafts for many young people in this town and elsewhere."

Royston & District Museum

"Through my experience of working with James at West Stow over the last three years I know him to be a very talented flint-knapper, an excellent trainer and a person of great maturity for someone so young. He regularly teaches and demonstrates flint-knapping in our reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village and I have found him to have the exceptional qualities needed to engage learners of all ages and abilities. His understanding, quiet manner, patience and modesty, combined with his knowledge and passion for the craft, enable him to pass on his skills in an accessible and effective way, We have received only positive feedback from our visitors, including several trainees who have said that James has given them the confidence to learn and achieve, and that he has inspired them to persevere and to want to learn more. He also ran our Young Archaeologists Club flint-knapping workshop, teaching children together with their group leaders and family members. This was very successful and was certainly a test of the quality of James' teaching. Some young people in the group have additional needs, but everyone achieved a working flint to take home and it was a very rewarding experience for all of us. As one child said 'it was really brilliant'."

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

"It was a real pleasure to welcome James to Hertford Museum.  His flint knapping demonstrations made the craft look effortless and easy (another story when actually doing it I am sure)!  The objects, equipment and knowledge James brought along are proof that we would not hesitate to book James again in the future."

Hertford Museum

"The event day got a lot of positive feedback: 'Brill' was used quite a lot, 'Fab event, really enjoyed visit' ."

"Thank you for a fantastic event day; it was thoroughly enjoyed by all our visitors and staff.  The equipment and demonstrations were fascinating and totally accessible; everybody left knowing a lot more about flintknapping and having had a great time.  Thank you, James."

Chesterfield Museum

"Many thanks for the demonstration in flintknapping you gave our members. It was very enjoyable, entertaining and educational. The array of items for display were very interesting."

Essex Society for Archaeology & History

"A huge thank you to our fantastic tutors on the flint workshop: Jon Cotton & James Dilley"

"Well that was one of the funnest & most informative days for a while. Prehistoric flints 101 thanks to @ThamesDiscovery

Thames Discovery Programme

YACS

"I'd like to thank you again for travelling all that way to run the session for Canterbury YAC.  The YACs really enjoyed it, and you presented the session in a fun and informative way. It was great to see the various tools being knapped from scratch, which I think gave the YACs a better understanding of how flint tools are made. We were all impressed by your initiative to set up your Ancient Crafts company, and wish you all the best in the future."

Canterbury YACs Branch

"Many thanks for showing our YAC's (and leaders) how to make flint tools, we all really enjoyed the day and many of the members are hooked now on flint knapping. I'm sure the day will stay with them for a long time. You pitched the teaching at just the right level and showed our young people how to make their own tools in ways they understood. Thank you very much and we look forward to having another session in the summer for the YAC members who missed out this time"

Bury St. Edmunds YACs Branch

GENERAL PUBLIC FEEDBACK

"I learnt a lot about Stone Age and making things" > Anna (Royston)

It was really good and the helpers were really nice" > Hannah (Bassingbourn)

"Fantastic experience of all ages including adults" > James (Stanton)

"Very good especially for the little one's" > Lily (Royston)

"Excellent afternoon. Very helpful and informative" > Charlotte (Letchworth)

"Very well organised - would love to come to a similar event if you ever have one again" > Anne (Royston)

WORKSHOPS

"He did the workshop here & we got keep to everything we made - really fab experience! Definitely worth doing! [James] bought bows, arrows & atlatl as well - great guy & very interesting. Recommend him! :)" > Minibeast Mayhem (Swindon)

"James was helpful and very interactive. A good fellow" > Mark W. (Bury St. Edmunds)

"Really good day" > Lee S. (Chelmsford)

"Very good - really helped understanding flints" > Mark F.

"Great fun - learnt a lot. Friendly helpful tuition " > Cathy B .

"Very enjoyable" > Glenn M.

"Much help and good information on the event - Thank You" > Robert F.

"Very good and informative. Great fun and all the help you needed - Very very good" > Graham F.

"Really helpful in knowing where to hit the flint to shape it " > Toni P.

"Very interesting and informative guide " > Luke F.

"Very informative - really made us appreciate the skill of early people. Background knowledge was excellent" > Paul & Kate D. (Hockley)

"Really interesting and enjoyed it " > Alex W. (West Stow)

 

GENERAL SALES

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