10am to 4pm

Bronze age copper smelting (Small)

The course

Humans have been making items from metal for around 8000 years and the process of turning rock into mtal is still as magical to us as it was to our distant ancestors. Spend a day learning where metal comes from and see if you can master the primitive technology of the Bronze Age to learn the art of smelting and produce your own unique nugget of copper to take away as proof of your skill.

The tutors

Fergus Milton has spent his spare time over the last 9 years relearning the skills of a prehistoric metalworker. He has given regular demonstrations to the public of smelting - the art of converting special rocks into different metals and he also demonstrates bronze casting using the "lost-wax" method. For Fergus the roaring fire of a simple furnace is a magical thing to behold and he loves demonstrating something akin to alchemy as rock is converted to metal as people watch!

Participant information

The course will take place outside, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


£80 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits.  It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses.  The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.

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This is an initial booking request form, and does not guarantee a place on the course. The Adult Learning Team will check the availability of the course, and reply to you as soon as possible - usually within one working day.