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Course: Introduction to Blacksmithing

St Fagans National Museum of History
2–4 September 2023, 10:30am - 4pm
Cost £150 | £125 concession
Suitability 18+
Image: Blacksmithing course at St Fagans National Museum of History
Image: Blacksmithing course at St Fagans

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 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 two places available to book on each day. All tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.

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:

You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or visit our on-site catering facilities. We can offer a 10% discount to course participants in our catering outlets* on production of your ticket. *(excludes Derwen Bakehouse)


The price of this course includes parking. The ticketing team will contact you in the weeks leading up to your course with details (via the email address supplied at time of booking).


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.




By booking onto our courses, you are supporting us to inspire everyone we reach through telling Wales’s story. Diolch o galon.

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