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A new workshop on Anglo-Saxon Warfare and Jewellery

Warfare available now, whole day after Easter


The Kingston Brooch - the finest example of Anglo-Saxon jewellery, now in the Liverpool Museum

This workshop is designed to cover the Anglo-Saxons unit of the KS2 National Curriculum for History. It is suitable for year 5 or 6.

Main Activities:

1. Learn about Anglo-Saxon weapons and armour

2. Make helmets, shields and swords

3. Learn about Anglo-Saxon gold and silver jewellery

4. Make jewellery

Note: the art activities are challenging and may not be suitable for classes of lower art and crafts abilities.

Fee: 209 per class per day, maximum 34 children.

The first part of this workshop on weapons and warfare is now ready as a half day. The whole day with the jewellery session should be ready after Easter.

To book: contact Tony North

tnorth67@hotmail.com     0161 224 6445


After the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 5th century the peoples of northern Europe - Angles, Saxons and Jutes - quickly moved to fill the power void left in Britain, settling, taking control, and introducing their culture to the Britons.

1500 years later we still owe a great deal to these peoples, in our language, culture, and genetic inheritance. This workshop takes a look at two essential aspects of Anglo-Saxon life - weapons and warfare, and jewellery. The many stunning works in gold and silver left by the craftsmiths reveal that this period is unfairly known as a Dark Age.

Children will learn about the legacy of the Anglo-Saxons and create two works of art - a helmet, shield or sword, and a piece of gold or silver jewellery. The materials and methods are very high quality and you will be very impressed with the results.

We will also look at replicas of a sword, shield and helmet in the morning, and replicas of jewellery in the afternoon.


Lesson Plan ~ under construction!

Some of the artwork children will make:

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Replica of the Coppergate helmet, now in the Yorkshire Museum. Owned by a nobleman, it has two gold bands inscribed with a Christian prayer, and his name, Oshere.


The helmet is made with gold and silver card, templates,

and rubber grip mat material painted gold,

 to give a chainmail effect.

The real Coppergate Helmet

Mostly iron, which has now rusted







Shields were usually round with a conical boss. Little is known about the designs although metal decorations have been found and traces of colours painted on the front.

Children can choose from various designs. The rim was bound with leather; here brown wrapping paper is used.


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Close-up of the shield boss.

They usually had a 'button' on the top.


A real shield boss


Children will make jewellery with special gold and silver foil, embossing tools, sticky back plastic, gold ink pens, acrylic paint, and detailed templates.


There will be about 10 designs available, to suit a range of abilities.


My replicas of an Anglo-Saxon sword and scabbard, shield, and helmet. The helmet is a copy of the famous Coppergate Helmet, found in York.

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   The shield found at Sutton Hoo

The bird decoration on the shield