In July a group of A-HA Members visited the Ancient Technology Centre at Cranborne, Dorset. A weekend visit was chosen as the Centre was holding open days, focusing on the Dark Ages.
Exhibits included several demonstrations of ancient crafts. Among them was an Alchemist using minerals, salts and plants to produce medicines, poultices and ointments. In addition, there was a Smith (Blacksmith) skilled in making swords using ancient techniques, plus a Bowyer making bows and between the two of them they had the skill of being a Fletcher/ Flights. Several members tried to draw a long bow with a pulling force of 70 to 80 lbs. albeit
All the participants were dressed in costume of the appropriate period, they were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable on their subject. The arena displays included an amusing yet informative display of the use of Viking weapons and forming a shield wall. There was also a display of falconry.