MUSEUMS / HERITAGE CENTRES / SOCIETIES
"We have no archaeologist on the staff so in 2005 James instigated and organised the annual Archaeology Family Fun Event Days to celebrate Archaeology Week at this museum for several years until he went to university. He was also a co-founder and leader of a new young archaeologists? group, the Royston Time Trackers, sharing his skills every month in the museum with children aged from 7 -14 years.
His skills, extensive knowledge and passion for sharing and demonstrating ancient crafts, particularly flint knapping, have stimulated a lasting interest in archaeological crafts for many young people in this town and elsewhere."
Royston & District Museum
"Through my experience of working with James at West Stow over the last three years I know him to be a very talented flint-knapper, an excellent trainer and a person of great maturity for someone so young. He regularly teaches and demonstrates flint-knapping in our reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village and I have found him to have the exceptional qualities needed to engage learners of all ages and abilities. His understanding, quiet manner, patience and modesty, combined with his knowledge and passion for the craft, enable him to pass on his skills in an accessible and effective way, We have received only positive feedback from our visitors, including several trainees who have said that James has given them the confidence to learn and achieve, and that he has inspired them to persevere and to want to learn more.
He also ran our Young Archaeologists Club flint-knapping workshop, teaching children together with their group leaders and family members. This was very successful and was certainly a test of the quality of James' teaching. Some young people in the group have additional needs, but everyone achieved a working flint to take home and it was a very rewarding experience for all of us. As one child said 'it was really brilliant'."
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
"It was a real pleasure to welcome James to Hertford Museum. His flint knapping demonstrations made the craft look effortless and easy (another story when actually doing it I am sure)! The objects, equipment and knowledge James brought along are proof that we would not hesitate to book James again in the future."
"The event day got a lot of positive feedback: 'Brill' was used quite a lot, 'Fab event, really enjoyed visit' ."
"Thank you for a fantastic event day; it was thoroughly enjoyed by all our visitors and staff. The equipment and demonstrations were fascinating and totally accessible; everybody left knowing a lot more about flintknapping and having had a great time. Thank you, James."
"Many thanks for the demonstration in flintknapping you gave our members. It was very enjoyable, entertaining and educational. The array of items for display were very interesting."
Essex Society for Archaeology & History
"A huge thank you to our fantastic tutors on the flint workshop: Jon Cotton & James Dilley"
"Well that was one of the funnest & most informative days for a while. Prehistoric flints 101 thanks to @ThamesDiscovery"
Thames Discovery Programme
"Thank you so much for the flints. The kids are going to love them"
Headstone Manor & Museum
"I really enjoyed the Flint knife making session, as it’s the first time I’m dealing with that kind of work! After that session, it became easier to explain to visitors the Neolithic techniques – as I have been using some of them!! I especially enjoy telling visitors about the 'Neolithic glue', a mixture between pine resin, beeswax and charcoal. It is nice sharing that kind of detail about the Neolithic Life. "
“It was easily the most enjoyable course we’ve been on so far! thank you so much!"
"Flintknapping is really addictive!"
"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all yours efforts on Friday & Saturday. Muriel sent me a very enthusiastic email saying the school pupils were enthralled, and went off to google Otzi as soon as they got back to school – but seemingly you are more impressive than he is! Apparently one of Saturday’s young visitors went home and made an axe and tried to chop down a tree in the garden (unsuccessfully, I hope). Muriel also said that you seemingly didn’t draw breath for the whole of Saturday, so thank you for your energy – I know how exhausting that can be! This was a really unique event in Caithness, so thanks so much for making sure it was a resounding success."
“What a great introduction to our summer of Bronze Age discovery. Best moment for me was the young visitors trying on the “Iceman’s” deer skin boots lined with dried grass and seeing how cosy they were. And Otzi’s back pack whose style hasn’t been bettered since the bronze age.
Amazing. Can’t wait for the next activities.”
Castlehill Heritage Centre
"I'd like to thank you again for travelling all that way to run the session for Canterbury YAC. The YACs really enjoyed it, and you presented the session in a fun and informative way. It was great to see the various tools being knapped from scratch, which I think gave the YACs a better understanding of how flint tools are made. We were all impressed by your initiative to set up your Ancient Crafts company, and wish you all the best in the future."
Canterbury YACs Branch
"Many thanks for showing our YAC's (and leaders) how to make flint tools, we all really enjoyed the day and many of the members are hooked now on flint knapping. I'm sure the day will stay with them for a long time. You pitched the teaching at just the right level and showed our young people how to make their own tools in ways they understood. Thank you very much and we look forward to having another session in the summer for the YAC members who missed out this time"
Bury St. Edmunds YACs Branch
"James came to the Bexley YAC. He was extremely knowledgeable and excellent with the children. He set out a lovely display of furs and tools and talked to the children before they started knapping. He was extremely patient and the children all thoroughly enjoyed the session, everyone took away a knapped piece of flint which resembled a tool. Excellent value for money and would recommend him to other groups and schools."
Bexley YACs Branch
"Huge thanks to all our kids, parents, speakers and YAC helpers for such a great day"
YAC / Prehistoric Society Conference 2015
GENERAL PUBLIC FEEDBACK
"Great to meet you at Lee Valley. Thanks for showing me how to make fire and letting me have a go. Great teacher" > Stuart B.
"I learnt a lot about Stone Age and making things" > Anna (Royston)
"It was really good and the helpers were really nice" > Hannah (Bassingbourn)
"Fantastic experience of all ages including adults" > James (Stanton)
"Very good especially for the little one's" > Lily (Royston)
"Excellent afternoon. Very helpful and informative" > Charlotte (Letchworth)
"Very well organised - would love to come to a similar event if you ever have one again" > Anne (Royston)
"Thanks for an insightful workshop" > Millie (Exeter University)
"He did the workshop here & we got keep to everything we made - really fab experience! Definitely worth doing! [James] bought bows, arrows & atlatl as well - great guy & very interesting. Recommend him! :)" > Minibeast Mayhem (Swindon)
"James was helpful and very interactive. A good fellow" > Mark W. (Bury St. Edmunds)
"Really good day" > Lee S. (Chelmsford)
"Very good - really helped understanding flints" > Mark F.
"Great fun - learnt a lot. Friendly helpful tuition " > Cathy B .
"Very enjoyable" > Glenn M.
"Much help and good information on the event - Thank You" > Robert F.
"Very good and informative. Great fun and all the help you needed - Very very good" > Graham F.
"Really helpful in knowing where to hit the flint to shape it " > Toni P.
"Very interesting and informative guide " > Luke F.
"Very informative - really made us appreciate the skill of early people. Background knowledge was excellent" > Paul & Kate D. (Hockley)
"Really interesting and enjoyed it " > Alex W. (West Stow)
Thank you for my lovely box of goodies – with some added surprises.
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