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New Aquisitions

Wehave a set of quern stones, from Tewkesbury, and some grain to grind. They proved very popular at both Silchester open days, helping the Students understand how labour intensive food preparation was in the Iron Age and the Roman period. We also occasionally meet people from other cultures who remember growing us using quern stones. We’re really glad that we can help people keep in touch with their personal histories, not just the history of this country.


Between the first and second Silchester Open Days, we made a replica Iron Age warp-weighted loom. This was to demonstrate the use and context of the Iron Age loom weights found by the Reading University students at the Silchester excavation.



Our fire stand / grid made by Cobalt Blacksmiths has been finished for Herstmonceux, where we were demonstrating natural dyes for all three days, as well as using our loom. It keeps the fire off the ground, so we can demonstrate dyeing at sensitive historical sites.


We are pleased to have comissioned David Gregory of Cobalt Blacksmiths to make us a new fire grid structure, so we can take our natural dyeing to more events.

If your event is in a sensitive environment, which cannot have fires on the ground, then we will soon be able to demonstrate natural dyes for you! Our new fire grid will keep the fire off the ground, as well as proving secure support for our dye pans.

We also hope to soon be able to take some of Cobalt Blacksmiths products to market. These may include small items such as knives and S-hooks, and maybe some larger items such as lanterns.