Tuesday, 29 October 2013

New Ancient Arts film online: Re-building the first English theatre!

Our lastest film is online now!  It tells the story of how we designed and re-built an Anglo-Saxon theatre based on one found and excavated at Yeavering in Northumberland.
Here's the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n8jCPQC6GQ

Friday, 4 October 2013

New bronze casting foundry at the Studio.

This week Dave's been setting up a modern bronze casting foundry at the Studio and extending the smelting hut by adding a lovely 'casting' wing! This will allow us to make many more replicas of some of the best pieces of decorative work produced in the Bronze Age/Iron Age for sale.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Flax Update!

Just a quick update on the flax retting we have been doing.

We had a couple of problems with the sunny weather and a constant breeze drying out our retting pond.  In future we will dig retting ponds in sheltered, shaded location (part of the fun of experimenting is learning these little, but very important things!). 

The flax retted well and is now standing upright, under shelter, drying out.  Once its dried out we will bash the fibres free from the pith and have linen fibre ready for spinning.

I will post more photo's when we do this! 

We were also very impressed by the 'dew' retting process (the flax was just lain flat on grass).  It took a bit longer, but the fibres seem to be of equal quality.  We have kept the two bundles separate and process them separately too and report on any variation.

Ancient Arts new 3D Sensory Interpretation Panels - feel the past!

Looking to add quality and improve the visitor experience to your heritage site? 

 Take a look at our beautiful, bronze 3D Sensory Interpretation boards: http://www.ancient-arts.org/sensory%20panelsweb.pdf What every well presented heritage site will be wearing next year!

Made from bronze, we can make, accurate replicas of artefacts found on or associated with heritage sites.  They emerge from the bronze base to be felt, but are solid metal; virtually vandal proof.

Organic material, such as this replica sling shot can be represented as can vegetation.

For more details visit:  Ancient Arts 3D Sensory Panels