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Course: Course: Introduction to Blacksmithing

St Fagans National Museum of History
Saturday 16 May OR Sunday 17 May, 10.30am-4.30pm
Cost £120 / £95 concession
Suitability 18+
Booking Booking via Eventbrite

* This event has been cancelled due to general concerns over crowds and Coronavirus. Apologies for the inconvenience but the wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority. *  

These one-day courses are a chance to try your hand at the ancient art of blacksmithing in the inspirational setting of Gweithdy, the Museum’s brand new workshop and gallery celebrating the skills of makers past and present.

Working as part of a small group under the guidance of Andrew Murphy, the Museum blacksmith, you’ll learn how to manipulate hot steel and create your own uniquely decorated piece of metalwork. Each student will make a simple poker, plus a couple of other small items from a suggested list* to take home. *if there’s time

This fun, relaxed day is suitable for the complete beginner. There will be three places available to book on each day.

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 and full length trousers only are to be worn.
  • Safety boots are essential – you must provide your own.
  • 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.

Light refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or visit our on-site catering facilities. The price of this course includes parking – collect your parking pass from the reception desk on arrival.

Use postcode CF5 6XB for satnav

All tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.

Language: This course will be held in English but we are happy to provide simultaneous translation if you would like to take part in Welsh. Please choose a ticket in your language of choice, making sure you have one ticket for each person. Please book your tickets at least one week before the event.

Accessibility: The Gweithdy Studio is a 5-minute walk from the main building and carpark – please contact events@museumwales.ac.uk prior to booking to discuss any accessibility requirements.

Concession eligibility: Unwaged, over 60s, anyone in full-time education with NUS card, disabled people.

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