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Bone needles Spend a making bone needles using Stone Age tools and techniques to work deer bone into these beautiful and useful needles. You can also make bone beads if you choose, which have a...

Spend a making bone needles using Stone Age tools and techniques to work deer bone into these beautiful and useful needles. You can also make bone beads if you choose, which have a special quality as jewelry.

Other items made from these materials will be on hand for you to look at and handle. And we’ll consider the historical context, with reference to the Paleolithic. You’ll probably go home with a new sense of respect for the technical skills of Stone Age peoples.

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Medieval medicine chest Explore the ‘medieval mind’ and the houses where you may have lived and learn about the folk lore, customs, beliefs, medicinal ideas and how they were put into...

Explore the ‘medieval mind’ and the houses where you may have lived and learn about the folk lore, customs, beliefs, medicinal ideas and how they were put into practice. Make some things to protect you from the pestilence, cure a cold, ointments for sore joints and muscles and let us guide you through medical hierarchy and the most deadly diseases of the middle ages!

 

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The history of cosmetics and perfumes From prehistoric evidence to early twentieth century, we take a practical, in depth look at how cosmetics and perfumes developed and make pomander beads and lip paints to take...

From prehistoric evidence to early twentieth century, we take a practical, in depth look at how cosmetics and perfumes developed and make pomander beads and lip paints to take away.

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History of soap From earliest evidence to craft revival, we look at how soap developed and make hot processed soft soap, pure olive Castile soap and Tudor inspired herb washballs to take away....

From earliest evidence to craft revival, we look at how soap developed and make hot processed soft soap, pure olive Castile soap and Tudor inspired herb washballs to take away. Class format is a mixture of hands on workshop and in depth talk and will provide a thorough working knowledge of the history and practicality of soapmaking.

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Introduction to falconry Tailored for those who have a keen interest in Falconry and birds of Prey. During this session you will gain a basic understanding of birds of prey, their training and care whilst...

Tailored for those who have a keen interest in Falconry and birds of Prey. During this session you will gain a basic understanding of birds of prey, their training and care whilst providing a hands-on experience holding and flying falconry birds.

Learn all about the nature of the birds and the ancient art of Falconry. An enchanting personal encounter with birds of prey. Learn about the differences between Hawks, Falcons and Owls through practical handling sessions and amazing outdoor flight experiences, with the birds also flying to your gloved fist. A unique and awe-inspiring first introduction to falconry.

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Make a Medieval long stitch book On this course you will learn how to make a medieval long stitch book in leather with linen thread using techniques that have not changed in 400 years. You will have a fully...

On this course you will learn how to make a medieval long stitch book in leather with linen thread using techniques that have not changed in 400 years. You will have a fully functional notebook complete with wrap around tie by the end of the course.

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