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    Did anyone see this programme last night?

    I particularly enjoyed the bit with the sword-making by ancient metal worker Neil Burridge, because I took several courses with him years ago at Butser Ancient Farm. I learned how to cast bronze the way they did back in the Bronze Age; I made axe heads, a brooch and a sword. Also he ran a silver bangle making course, using a small strip of sheet silver, a block of wood, a hammer and a nail!

    He was a really nice guy and we all enjoyed our courses.
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    Yes, I saw it. I've only watched it for the last couple of weeks, and it's been really good.

    Did you know in advance that Neil Burridge was going to be on?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by jencel View Post
      Did you know in advance that Neil Burridge was going to be on?
      No, I didn't. But I had a good idea he might be, as they've used him before on these programmes and he's an expert on Bronze Age metal work. He makes replicas for museums etc, so that people can handle a weapon and know how it felt. Of course, the real stuff found by archaelologists has to be locked in glass cases and cannot be handled!

      As soon as I saw they were covering that, I guessed he might be on it.
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      • #4
        It isn't often I miss having a TV but sometimes there is some thing I wish I could see, That sounds really interesting. I love the really ancient history

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        • #5
          Pete, maybe you can watch it online? You Tube??

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            Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
            It isn't often I miss having a TV but sometimes there is some thing I wish I could see, That sounds really interesting. I love the really ancient history

            Pete
            Pete, you can probably catch it on BBC iPlayer as it was on BBC2.
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            • #7
              I'm watching it on i-player

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              • #8
                I loved that series and the metal work forging was amazing, I would SO love to have someone here to do that. It was so informative and its a long time since something on the telly has fired my interest so much, I keep talking about it to anyone at the moment.... You are so lucky to have been able to work with that guy, he was impressive and it is so important to keep these traditions alive!
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                • #9
                  He runs classes - if you Google him, you'll find his website. We used to have a really cool time on his courses, all getting together in a roundhouse, drinking mead, eating food cooked on an open fire, real Bronze-age! Good times...
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                  • #10
                    I'd love to but I moved out of East Anglia a couple of years ago! I loved that they had Flag Fen on there too, one of my kids went there on a school trip before we moved, I am truly inspired by it I want to build a big roundhouse in my field now!! It is just so amazing to think that all that history is out there, I think we take it for granted sometimes....
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                    • #11
                      The courses I attended weren't in East Anglia, they were at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire - still a long way from you though!

                      They also used to run courses in flint knapping, bow and arrow making, hedgerow basketry etc etc. And we always used to go to their Samhain celebration, when they burned a wicker man.
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                      • #12
                        Yes Hampshire still a long way! Sorry I assumed that it was in East Anglia as you are in Suffolk, I would love to have a whole traditional skills day here at some point in the future...raku pottery, a blacksmith... and that guy from Ancient Briton to present it all! I do have a willow sculptor and I do leaded light so I guess thats a start!!
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