Workshop Schedule



Workshops 2015

Archaeology with Maisie Marshall£90 for the 2 day course 9/10th May 2015, 10-4pm

A 2 day weekend course to learn all about archaeology, with the uncovering of a metre test pit with full excavation and evaluation.


Backyard Bronze Age with Fergus Milton  

£95 on Sunday 7th June 2015.  10-4pm

A short practical course aimed at people wanting to set up their own Bronze Age style metalworking setup in their own garden. Includes furnace design and construction. Making crucibles and moulds. Simple bellows design. Obtaining ores for smelting. Suppliers for all the other items you will need. Safety considerations for Bronze Age metalworking at home.



Early Copper Smeltin with Fergus Milton 

£90 on Saturday 27th June, 10-4pm

A practical day spent learning about the background to early metals technology including a large practical session where you will carry out one of mankinds greatest discoveries – transforming metal-bearing rocks into beautiful copper metal. After your labour on the bellows powering the simple furnaces, search for the beautiful metal as a unique souvenir of a magical day.


Primitive Bronze Casting  with Fergus Milton      £95 on Sunday 28th June 2015, 10-4pm                       2010-11-25 09.28.54A hands-on day learning how our ancestors learned to transform rock into metal and then transform the metal into any object they could imagine.

Ahead of the course you’ll be sent some beeswax and instructions to guide you into making a simple model and on the day itself this will be turned into a final bronze item. Also covered will be the background to early metals technology.


Early Metalworking Technology

with Fergus Milton

£350 for 4 days from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th July 2015

During late spring or early summer, a 4 day workshop will take place at Butser, aimed at those with a strong interest in early metalworking technology. Through a series of presentations for background information and practical workshops, participants will gain an in-depth appreciation of this subject.

Practical sessions will include – making and firing crucibiles and other refractories. Furnace construction. Bellows construction. Smelting and Casting.

Further details available by sending an email expressing interest to


Ancient Cooking with Madeleine Allison

£35 half day workshop on 4th July

(Includes lunch)

Ancient style cooking, making lunch to eat together, using gathered and grown ingredients in the roundhouse. Cooking over the fire and looking at a variety of cooking styles over the eras of 2000 years ago.


Felt Wall Hanging workshop (half day) with Madeleine Allison  11th July, £35, 10-1pm

The Felt Pictures 001Learn the fascinating art of making felt with raw materials from ancient breeds of local sheep and soap. Create a stunning wall hanging to take home. 

Cave Painting (half day) with Madeleine Allison

1st August 2015, £35, 10-1pm

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Explore the ancient painting techniques used by cave dwellers.  Use natural pigments to make your own unique cave painting panel to take home.
Bronze Sword workshop with Neil BurridgeSat 8th Aug, £180

Work on your own 26″ Ewart Park sword.  This leaf blade sword is one of the most prolific swords from the British Bronze Age.   In this workshop you will clean and finish your blade, forge the edges on it and look at different handle and scabbard types with information provided.


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Make a Silver Wrist Torque with Neil BurridgeSunday 9th Aug, £80

The Bronze Age metal workers in Britain reached new artistic heights with the forging and twisting of bronze and gold in the manufacture of torques, pins and bracelets.  Under Neil’s expert guidance you will be using the same techniques and working with 2.4 mm square sterling silver rod to make your own bracelet with twisted body and forged terminals.This is a practical, ‘hands on’ workshop designed for people with no previous experience.


Children, make a feast in a roundhouse

with Madeleine Allison

£20 on 12th August 10am – 1pm

Make a feast over the fire in the roundhouse using ancient styles of over 2000 years ago.



Medicinal Herbs Through Time with Laura Uphill

£60    Sat 15th Aug

A look at medicinal plants & their uses through time. How much has the use of local & garden plants changed when treating disease? In this class we will look at, taste, use, discuss & make herbal preparations as they did then & as we do now.









Ceramic Pit Firing with Mary English

£120 for 3 half days 16, 22 and 23 August 10am – 1pm

Create your own ceramic pot and learn how to use a pit fire to colour it.  This will create a wonderful unique piece for you to take home.


Flint Knapping with Bob TurnerDiscover how our ancestors made tools out of the stones in the ground.Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools.Discover the talents and skills of ancient Britons and go home with a flint tool you have made yourself. £50 Sat 12th SepOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Archaeology Illustration with Bob Turner £50 Sun 13th Sep
Ideal for anyone interested in archaeology, who would like to learn more about how to illustrate your findings.  Perfect for students of archaeology to learn this important skill.



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Make your very own one man boat to take home at the end of the day.

Experimental Archaeology with Ryan WattsButser Ancient Farm was the driving force in the development of experimental archaeology.In this interesting workshop you will:

  • discover the two elements of experimental archaeology
  • learn the difference between archaeological experiments and living history and
  • design and create your own experiment and test it out.