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Course: Half Day Courses: Introduction to Blacksmithing - Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit National Coal Museum
14, 16 & 18 October 2024 , 10 - 12 OR 1 - 3
Cost £75 | £60 concession
Suitability 18+

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An opportunity to try your hand at the ancient art of blacksmithing in Big Pit’s original forge, where generations of blacksmiths served the needs of Big Pit.

Working under the guidance of Len, the Museum Blacksmith, who has over 50 years’ experience of working as a Blacksmith and working underground you will be introduced to forging, forming and cutting techniques and use hot steel to create your own poker to take home.*

This fun and relaxed course is suitable for the complete beginner. There will be two places available to book in each session. Each session lasts up to 2 hours.

*It is possible to book and combine two sessions to create a day course, where you will create a scraper to complement your poker. Please book a morning and an afternoon session for the same day for this option.

Safety Information:

To take part in this course, participants are required to wear adequate clothing (see list below), and listen to and follow the blacksmith’s instructions with regards to working safely in the forge.

All clothing should be made from natural fibres,100% cotton preferable.

  • Tops should be long sleeved to cover forearms.
  • Trousers should be loose fitting enough to cover the tops of footwear. (Trousers must be full length).
  • Safety boots essential. You must provide them yourself.
  • Safety spectacles (provided) need to be worn at all times in the forge. A leather apron will also be provided.
  • Failure to comply with the blacksmith’s safety instructions will result in the session’s cancellation.


Other Important Information:  


This course will be held in the first language of the facilitator - which is English.


All participants must be 18+.


Some of the Museum's learning spaces are up to 5 minute walk from the main building and carpark – please contact events@museumwales.ac.uk prior to booking to discuss any accessibility requirements.

The terms and conditions for our courses can be read here.
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