James Dilley Flintknapping in Settle, Yorkshire.

LIVING

HISTORY

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. James Dilley has 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.

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£400 per day

Flintknapping Demonstration

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.

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£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.

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£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!

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£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