English Scything day

On Sunday 31 July we held a day on English scything and related crafts. This was the first such day that we have held and and we were fortunate to have lovely weather.

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A team worked to mow the ‘Olympic meadow’ and rake it. This is the area just past Poplar Cottage, and the turf was grown for the London Olympics opening ceremony.

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There are number of scythes in the Museum’s handling collection. We had a blacksmith on hand with a mobile forge, who was working to improve some blades as well as make an Anglo-Saxon scythe. The photo below (right) shows the finished item.
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Other related demonstrations included making a wooden pitchfork, creating seating for chairs from the harvest, making a rake and steam bending the snath of a scythe.

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Find out more about scything demonstrations at the Museum in our scything blog.