Fri, 13 Oct|
Bronze Sword Casting Workshop
Join Dr. Dilley for a day all about Bronze Age Swords! You'll have the chance to cast your own replica sword at the Weald and Downland, home of the BBC's Repair Shop!
Time & Location
13 Oct 2023, 10:00 – 16:00
Chichester, Town Ln, Chichester PO18 0EU, UK
The first swords in Europe were made of bronze. They are an iconic development in the human story as social pressure led to tension between groups and individuals. Swords were as much a tool of fighting as they were status symbols. During the workshop, participants can make either the earliest type of sword in Britain: a rapier, or one the two late sword types in Britain and Europe: the Ewart Park style leaf sword, or the Naue II.
Workshop students will prepare their own mould, before working the leather bellows on the charcoal fuelled furnace to melt copper and tin. They will then cast the liquid metal into their prepared moulds to produce a replica bronze age sword to take home at the end of the day. Students can then begin filing off the casting flash and start cleaning the surfaces of the sword.
Dr James Dilley, an experimental archaeologist and craftsman, specialising in prehistoric technologies. In 2009 he founded Ancient Craft, his business aimed at educating and reconnecting people to their prehistoric heritage. James has gained a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Southampton and has worked with numerous museums, schools and heritage sites. His work is displayed at The British Museum and Stonehenge and he has worked with several high profile media companies such as the BBC, National Geographic, New Scientist and Dorling Kindersley Publishing.
This course takes place outdoors. Students must wear suitable footwear that fully covers the foot, walking or work boots are ideal. Students must also have trousers and a long sleeve top available or worn during the workshop.
Fee & Refreshments
£220 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have and dietary requirements. The Museum cafe will be open or you may wish to bring a packed lunch.