14th April 2012: Flintknapping Demo at Southampton Seacity Museum


As a joint venture for the Southampton YACS and the newly opened Seacity Museum, I did a flintknapping demonstration for the hundreds of visitors (the museum was averaging around 2,000 per day during the first 3 days). This was also the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic hitting the iceberg, after she left the Southampton White Star Dock (later renamed the Ocean Dock) from Berth 44 on 10 April 1912.

I was located in a corner of the Grand Hall, just above the entrance, along with 2-3 Edwardian-period costumed actors. Although some of the visitors were a little surprised about a prehistoric element to the day, I did point out that the museum was not soley dedicated to the Titanic sinking, as it contained numerous other artefacts and displays, including ancient lithics, however most of the visitors seemed generally interested in the flintknapping.

In the afternoon around 20 children and leaders from the Southampton YACs arrived to visit the museum and also to watch me. Hopefully I may be working with them again in the future.

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