16 May 2020

An introduction to prehistoric textiles

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Find out how and why people made textiles in prehistory in this exciting experimental session.

Explore the techniques and forms of early textiles as you learn to make fine cordage from flax, hemp and nettle fibres, carve an antler needle to use with your cordage, then try techniques including braiding, looping, netmaking and sprang.

There will be time to try each skill before deciding which to focus on to make a start on a belt or small bag.

Led by Sally Pointer, a specialist in historic crafts whose work is found in museums, films and theatres all over the world. Sally managed a hands-on gallery for the National Museum Wales before becoming a freelance heritage educator and is the author of books on the history of cosmetics, herbs, and costume. She is also a knitwear designer.

Archaeological study days

Bristol Museums has run a programme of study days since 2013 and an archaeological field school since 2019. Profits from study days and the field school help support the work of Bristol Museums.

Study Days are based at Bristol Museum, Blaise Museum or M Shed. Each session focuses on a different aspect of archaeology and is led by an expert in their field. Depending on the subject, the day usually involves a mix of illustrated presentations, practical activities, behind the scenes tours and/or a chance to study collections not usually on display.

All sessions are suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before but are keen to find out more. They are open to everyone aged 16 and over.

The study day programme and field schools are directed by Kate Iles, curator of archaeology. For more information or to join our mailing list please contact [email protected]