TRADITIONAL SKILLS IN ACTION – THE CRAFTS THAT BUILT THE ABBEY
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August from 12 – 6pm
Monday 25th August from 10am to 4pm
Traditional Skills will be showcased at Dorchester Abbey, with contemporary craftspeople who are continuing the crafts and skills that would have built Dorchester on Thames’ medieval abbey and sustained the resident monastic community.
Within the Abbey and its Cloister Garden, there will be demonstrations of skills, and opportunity to try some of them for yourself – discovering how much of the medieval tradition continues today.
This year the emphasis is on the crafts and skills that the monastic community would have needed, including demonstrations from:
- a herbalist,
- a pole lathe turner,
- a coracle maker,
- spinners and dyers,
- a calligrapher and illuminator,
- a basket maker
- and beekeepers.
The construction and maintenance of the Abbey church will be represented by: stonemasons, a woodcarver, a stained glass artist, a blacksmith and an embroiderer.
Entry to this event is free.
Donations to the maintenance of the Abbey will be much appreciated.
For further details visit http://www.dorchester-abbey.org.uk/