Demonstrating an English scythe

Rural Life Weekend: English Scything

Saturday 04 August to Sunday 05 August 2018
10.30am - 5.30pm

Join us to find out more about traditional scything and haymaking during this informal weekend of demonstrations and displays.

Over this weekend we plan to include demonstrations on:

  • Scything and hay making
  • Scythe set up and maintenance
  • Grinding scythe blades
  • Snath makign from both natural formed timber and through steam bending
  • How to make ironwork to suit the snaths
  • Hay rake making
  • A display of historic photographs and scythes from the Museum’s collection

Free 10-minute taster talks plan to cover:

  • An introduction to the scythe
  • The English scythe
  • The role of the blacksmith: scythe blades
  • The snath and how it is shaped
  • Making a wooden pitchfork
  • How to look after a scythe
  • Hay and hay making
  • Using the harvest for chair seating

Programme subject to change

Standard Museum admission prices apply – tickets are available to buy online (select general admission) or on the day. Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.