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Sat, 08 Jul



Copper Smelting & Bronze Axe Casting Workshop

Join James for a weekend at the Weald and Downland Museum where you'll get the chance to smelt your own ore and cast your own Bronze Age axehead!

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Copper Smelting & Bronze Axe Casting Workshop
Copper Smelting & Bronze Axe Casting Workshop

Time & Location

08 Jul 2023, 10:00 – 09 Jul 2023, 16:00

Chichester, Town Ln, Chichester PO18 0EU, UK


The Course

The course begins will a short introductory talk and handling session of replica tools and materials used in the Bronze Age. Students will prepare crucibles, crush copper ore and charcoal before working the bellows to produce a lump of pure copper. On the second day students will prepare moulds and begin working the furnace to melt copper and tin. They will then cast their own replica early Bronze Age axe head, and they can then begin cleaning and decorating their axe.

The Tutor

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.

Participant Information

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.

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