Museum hosts Crafts from the Past

Bassetlaw Museum will be travelling back in time – as far back as the stone age – as they teach visitors ancient skills and hobbies as part of their ‘Crafts From the Past’ event.

Flint Knapping

The ancient art of flint knapping, which is the method stone-age people used to create tools, will be just one of the crafts you can learn on Saturday 22nd July, as well as learning how to make rope, coil pots, lace, nets, medieval painting and the art of weaving.

The event is part of the Council for British Archaeology’s annual Festival of Archaeology and will feature artists and craftspeople demonstrating their work, with a chance for visitors to have a go and take home their very own piece of history.

Museum Curator, Sam Glasswell said; “We are really excited to be involved in this year’s Festival of Archaeology. The museum has a fantastic collection of archaeological material from the district, but an event like this brings the past to life and gives people today a taste of how their ancestors lived.”

Tablet Weaving 001

A highlight of the day will be two workshops from Karl Lee, an expert in the art of Flint Knapping, which is the ancient method of making stone tools. The sessions cost £5 per person and will start at 10.30am and 1.30am. Each of the workshops will run for an hour and a half and are aimed at age 12 and above. Booking is essential.

All the other sessions will be completely free and you’ll have the chance to take home whatever you make. There will also be children’s make and take activities and a chance to have a go at being an archaeologist and dig for treasure.

‘Crafts from the Past’ will take place at Bassetlaw Museum, 40 Grove Street, Retford on Saturday 22nd July, between 10am and 4pm. Admission to the event and museum is free. Please call 01777 713749 to book onto the Flint Knapping workshop.

Published: Tuesday 04 July 2017