Axe Casting

Discover how some the earliest metal tools were produced in prehistoric Britain. This workshop is led by experimental archaeologist James Dilley from the University of Southampton.

  • Booking essential

Following a safety briefing, workshop attendees will prepare their own mould, before working the leather bellows on the charcoal fuelled furnace to melt copper and tin. They will then cast the liquid metal into their prepared moulds to produce a replica early Bronze Age axe head to take home at the end of the day. Students can then begin filing off the casting flash and start cleaning the surfaces of the axe.


Event ticket prices
  • Adult £90.00
    Includes park entry and all materials

The basics

Booking details
Call 01625 374428
Intended for Adults
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Please park at the Old Hall car park. From here, it is a short walk to the Old Hall, where you will meet.
What to bring and wear
Please be dressed for the outdoors, including waterproof and strong footwear. The Old Hall is an unheated building, so sufficient layers for warmth is essential.
There is some disabled parking close to the Hall. For queries about disabled access, please phone Tatton Park.
There will be short talk over lunch about the life and times of Bronze Age people in Europe. It will cover our current understanding of technology in the Bronze Age and how it is reflected in archaeology. It will be an informal talk with lots of scope for open discussion. Guidance will be on-hand at all times. Appropriate clothing must be worn for manual work (fully covered shoes and trousers etc).


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
20 October 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Tatton education
Call 01625 374428

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