Workshop Calendar 2019

Pre-booking required for all workshops.
Workshops run 10am-4pm unless otherwise stated.
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Learn Something Old

2019

May

11    Ancient Living. Saturday 11 May and Sunday morning 12 May. £180 adults. Join Mark Havey for a chance to experience prehistoric life for a day and a night. You will learn the skills you would need to keep yourself alive. Fire lighting, weapon making, and food preparation and have the chance to sleep in one of the ancient houses at Butser Ancient Farm. More information

11 Spring Foraging. Saturday 11 May. £60 per person. Join Tamara Colchester on a mindful foraging walk. You will identify around 15 of the wild edible plants and flowers that have long provided us with both food and medicine. You will also be shown a number of the poisonous plants, making sure they are recognized and understood so that they can safely be avoided. More Information

12 Bronze casting, £175 per person, maximum 2 people. Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of a middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby in the Meon valley, or a replica of an antennae knife from the late Bronze Age. More information

18 Faerytale, folk and fable, £35. Join local writer and storyteller, Dawn Nelson for a workshop that explores Faerytale, Folk and Fable, the stories of our childhood and the oral storytelling tradition. More information

18 Flint knapping, £75.Discover how our ancestors made tools out of stones in the ground with flint knapper and author Bob Turner. Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools. More information

18 Bronze casting, £175 per person, maximum 2 people. Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of a middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby in the Meon valley, or a replica of an antennae knife from the late Bronze Age. More information

19    Nettle workshop, £65. Harvest some fresh nettles and learn about their folklore with Catherine Guilder. You’ll learn how to make nettle fibre, turn it into string and how to spin it on a drop spindle. You’ll also have a chance to dye using nettles and make simple medicine. A nettle-based lunch cooked over an open fire is included. More information

19   Introduction to copper repousse, £90. This workshop is designed for total newcomers to metal work. You will learn how to make tools to work copper sheet and then try some basic techniques with the aim of getting to a position where you can improve your skills at home. You will learn how to bring copper sheet alive with artwork by striking the copper, either with specialist hammers or striking tools into the copper, to give you the desired effect.  We will provide some basic designs for you to try. More information

June

8     Ancient Skills, £75. Join Mark Havey from the Butser Education team and  discover how our ancient ancestors gathered materials and made use of them. This workshop is suitable for adults interested in prehistory and history, ancient technology or bushcraft. More information

9 Funky Felt  Fox, £90. Felting with Alison Hemmings. Create a super, needle-felted fox, created over a wire armature. More information

15 Bronze casting, £175 per person, maximum 2 people. Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of a middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby in the Meon valley, or a replica of an antennae knife from the late Bronze Age. More information

15 Flint tools – an advanced study, £95 per person. This is a day of flint study for the field archaeologist or flint tool enthusiast. Join tutor Bob Turner and gain deeper understanding of the material and its uses through 8,000 years of British pre-history More information

22 Language of the Britons, £20. Did you know that a form of Welsh was once spoken here in England? This morning workshop with Harriet Earis delves into the earliest recorded language of the Britons – Brittonic or Old Welsh – giving a unique chance to hear and study some exciting poetry from the 6th-9th centuries whilst sitting round the fire in our 8th century Anglo-Saxon hall. More information

22 Silver working from scratch £110. Neil Burridge. A chance to get yourself started in basic silver using simple techniques, no expensive fancy tools or complex methods. Learn how to work, shape, decorate silver and join silver to make your own jewellery that does not cost the earth. More information

23 Silver Viking rings £110. Neil Burridge. Working with pure silver in this workshop you will make two rings and explore different techniques used from ancient times. We will make one spiralled ring and one from the Viking age with punch decoration. Using hammering, twisting and soldering you should be able use these skills later. More information

30    Flax processing and simple weaving. £65. Learn to process flax fibre, spin into yarn and then weave with flax linen thread. It will be simple weaving and we will use Heddles and Lucets. A lunch flavoured with flax seed and cooked over an open fire is included. Tutor Catherine Guilder. More information

July

6 Make a Viking pouch. £80. Tutor Jess Paske. Early pouches (Viking period and earlier) are scant in terms of finds, and seem to have been intended to be suspended from a belt, rather than our present day method of attaching them directly to a belt. It is believed they were used to carry useful possessions. The surface of the leather is dampened, and a stamp is pressed onto it, and further designs can be tooled into the leather. Once dried the edges are burnished, and colour is applied and then a finish of waterproof / sealant. The inner pouch is further secured by rivets. More information

6  Bronze casting, £175 per person, maximum 2 people. Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of a middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby in the Meon valley, or a replica of an antennae knife from the late Bronze Age. More information

7 Introduction to Blacksmithing. £120. Tutor Joe Tyler. You will learn the basics of blacksmithing and make a fire poker or candle holder to take home with you. No experience is necessary but you need to be reasonably fit and able to use a hammer. More information.

Flint tools – advanced making and identification. £95 per person. In the morning you will join flint tool authority Bob Turner in an evaluation of the British flint tool assemblage, from the Final Upper Paleolithic to the Bronze Age. The afternoon is devoted to knapping techniques, with a particular focus on methods as they relate to specific tool types. More Information.

14 Roman Mosaic workshop, £80, Tutor Sue Webber. Make your own Roman-style mosaic to take home. You’ll learn the techniques and tricks of how to make a mosaic Roman. Using patterns taken from Roman mosaics you will create your own version using tiles on a backing board that you can hang in you own home. More information

20 Bronze casting, £175 per person, maximum 2 people. Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of a middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby in the Meon valley, or a replica of an antennae knife from the late Bronze Age. More information

27 Sacred sounds of the past. £60. Tutor Jez Smith. This is a sound research workshop, with a creative and spiritual outlook. Listening is not a passive activity. The way we listen plays an important role in how we understand the past as well as ourselves in the modern world. The workshop will involve basic playing of instruments and some simple singing/chanting, no musical experience is necessary. More information

27 and 28 Make a Roman Gladius Sword £500. Tutor Rod Hughes. Four-day course over two weekends. Contact Goldeneye Forge on facebook for more information.

August

10 and 11 Make a Roman Gladius Sword – part two.

17 and 18. Two-day Blacksmithing workshop. £240. Tutor Joe Tyler. You will learn the basics of blacksmithing and make a fire poker or candle holder to take home with you. On the second day you will have a chance to improve your skills and make a tripod set or a set of candle holder. No experience is necessary but you need to be reasonably fit and able to use a hammer. More information

31  Bronze casting, £175 per person, maximum 2 people. Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of a middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby in the Meon valley, or a replica of an antennae knife from the late Bronze Age. More information

September

1 Flint knapping, £75.Discover how our ancestors made tools out of stones in the ground with flint knapper and author Bob Turner. Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools. More information

7  Ancient Skills. Fire and glue making, £75. Join Mark Havey from the Butser Education team and  discover how our ancient ancestors gathered materials and made use of them. You will learn fire making techniques and how to make glue from natural materials that you can then use for joining weapons and tools to wooden hafts. More information

21   Ancient Skills, £75. Join Mark Havey from the Butser Education team and  discover how our ancient ancestors gathered materials and made use of them. This workshop is suitable for adults interested in prehistory and history, ancient technology or bushcraft. More information

21 Silver working from scratch £110. Neil Burridge. A chance to get yourself started in basic silver using simple techniques, no expensive fancy tools or complex methods. Learn how to work, shape, decorate silver and join silver to make your own jewellery that does not cost the earth. More information

22 Silver Viking rings £110. Neil Burridge. Working with pure silver in this workshop you will make two rings and explore different techniques used from ancient times. We will make one spiralled ring and one from the Viking age with punch decoration. Using hammering, twisting and soldering you should be able use these skills later. More information

28 Autumn foraging Saturday 28 September. £60 per person. Join Tamara Colchester on a mindful foraging walk. Discover how best to prepare the riches of the autumnal hedgerow. From processing acorns for coffee, digging up roots for cough syrups and nourishing stews, and finding berries for delicious drinks. More Information

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