Dancing feet and creative hands

Saxon Viking carving for long hall


Progress on the reproduction buildings at the Avalon Marshes centre continues at a steady pace. Our committed Hands on Heritage volunteers and staff from the South West Heritage Trust have been hard at work both on and behind the scenes. Walls continue to be daubed for the Anglo Saxon building and roof tiles laid on the Roman reconstruction.

There has also been some ‘traditional re-enactment’ for the raised wooden hearth that has been installed in the Longhall. Saxon legend has it that before the final layer was laid inside the frame a special ‘hearth dance’ had to be performed by the best baker of the tribe. Volunteer Steve was the best candidate and you can view his dancing skills on the Avalon Archaeology blog.

Some of our Hands on Heritage volunteers enjoy their work here so much they actually do homework. These dedicated people brought in the fruits of their labour and the results are outstanding!

Terry has created a beautiful leaded half roundel window based on colours and designs from Anglo Saxon England.

Saxon stained glass window Saxon stained glass window

And Mary has produced a wonderfully carved window shutter latch of an Anglo Saxon dog design.

Saxon carved door handle

Last but not least Mike has sculpted a fantastic carving depicting the launch of the prehistoric canoe on Shapwick Heath NNR in 2015. Read about the canoe launch here.

Terry wood carving artists headhunters of the marshes 400.[1]

All of these items are to be incorporated into the Saxon Longhall and will be visible to the public once the buildings are completed and officially opened.


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