AncientCraft offers a variety of Living History services, ranging from craft demonstrations to prehistoric camp displays with a focus on the Stone or Bronze Ages. We have provided living history displays for museums and events across the UK, including Stonehenge, The British Museum, The Pitt Rivers museum, New Scientist Live and many others.
Stone Age Living History
One of the very best prehistoric living history displays in the UK for its accuracy and ability to inspire visitors. James demonstrates a variety of Stone Age crafts from flintknapping, fire making, cooking, hunting equipment use, bone & antler carving. The living history camp is filled with replica and reconstructed objects from prehistory and James is on-hand (dressed in accurate Stone Age clothing of course!) to explain the archaeology behind it all. Museum visitors have found this display especially good for children that are studying prehistory in school (KS2 History.
£400 per day
Flintknapping is the oldest craft in the world. Archaeologist and craftsman James Dilley gives an excellent and in-depth overview of the development of stone tool technology with an exciting demonstration. It is very rare to see an experienced flintknapper in the modern world so this display gives visitors a unique opportunity to see something amazing.
£300 per day
Bronze Age Living History
James demonstrates a variety of Stone Age crafts from smelting to metal working techniques using accurate tools and materials. While dressed in authentic Bronze Age clothing, James will talk through the process of casting different artefacts. As part of the display, there will be a large selection of replica objects to make the display feel more like an active workshop from over 3000 years ago.
£400 per day
Copper Smelting Demonstration
A demonstration of metal extraction from rock to metal using authentic tools and materials. This difficult process is explained carefully and clearly by James, dressed in Bronze Age clothes and surrounded by replica objects. This display is an excellent visitor engagement option as it combines both science and (pre)history!
£350 per day
"A huge thank you to yourself and Emma for delivering such an incredible demonstration for the British Museum's Members evening. Your living history display was definitely the highlight of the evening and we had so many comments from Members who loved the session you ran. It was a perfect accompaniment to the 'World of Stonehenge' exhibition."
CELINE NONDE - British Museum
What is your standard day rate?My standard day rate for media work is £400 however this can differ depending on requirements. A standard day rate would typically cover a craft demonstration and talking to camera as an example.
Are you comfortable talking to the camera?Very! I have lots of experience providing a variety of educational material to different clients. Sometimes this is while I am demonstrating a craft such as flintknapping or metalworking.
How many years experience do you have demonstrating your crafts?I have been practicing prehistoric crafts since I was about 10. I have been demonstrating to the public and media for over 11 years.
Do you travel to shoot locations?Yes, and unless there are special circumstances, I bring all my required materials and equipment.
Do you charge travel and subsistence?Yes, this cost is not included in my standard day rate.
Are you insured to demonstrate your craft?Yes. A public liability insurance certificate and risk assessments can be provided on request.