AncientCraft offers a variety of services for TV & Media companies, from technical consultation, on-screen expertise and the production/hire of archeologically accurate props. James has a wealth of experience, curating and featuring in television scenes, museum gallery media and online educational resources.

Filmed Demonstration

Available for filming projects as an accurately costumed (if required) and highly experienced prehistoric craftsman to demonstrate and talk through activities such as tool making (i.e. flintknapping, metal working, smelting, bone working), hunting, cooking, shelter building and prehistoric archaeology.



Filming Package

Ready-to-display footage of prehistoric crafts, archaeological discussion or living history produced and edited by James and Emma. Ideal for museum galleries, schools packs or teaching material for universities. Examples of this footage can be seen in several UK museums and is used in universities around the world.



Prop Commissions & Hire

Providing historically accurate props for filming or demonstration purposes.



Technical Consultation

Expert technical advice offered from Dr. James Dilley on the presentation of prehistoric archaeology, crafts or living history on TV, radio and in books.



“James is an accomplished and charismatic television performer, combining down-to-earth language with academic rigour with formidable practical skills.   He is an absolute star on BBC Four’s BTS Award Nominated Invasion!   and I would be delighted to work with him again.”

DAVID COWARD (BBC Series Producer/Director)

Frequently asked questions

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.