Monday, 9 July 2018

Timetable for the weekend

Please remember to book your place on the workshops by tomorrow evening (10th July). 

Saturday 14th July
10.00am to 1.00pm: Tree of Life Workshop 
12.00pm: Gates Open
All Day: Living Legacies, Viking Displays, Irish History Live
12.00pm: Shield Making Workshop All day with breaks 
2.00pm to 4.00pm: Haithabu Bag Making Workshop
5.00pm: Build a Fort Workshop
7.00pm: Gates Close

Sunday 15th July
12.00pm Gates Open
All Day: Living Legacies, Viking Displays
12.00pm: Shield Making Workshop continues all day with breaks
12.00pm: Wet Felting Workshop
1.00pm to 2.00pm: Nalbinding Hat Workshop
2.00pm: The History of the Back of the Hill
5.00pm: Gates Close

Entry is €10 per adult for one day or €15 per adult for both days (excludes workshops). This includes tea or coffee and all children go free. Please pay inside the building on arrival.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Please Note

Deadline for booking workshops is fast approaching.

Please book your place before 10th July as materials need to be ordered and the tutors need to know numbers. You can pay online by following the links above or else pay us on Sunday next from 12pm to 5pm or between 10am to 1pm on Monday and Tuesday next in the centre.

Workshops that must be booked in advance: Nalbinding (€25): Sunday
Haithabu bag making: (€50) Saturday
Combat-ready shield making (€200): Saturday and Sunday
Tree of Life pendant (€55): Saturday
Clay model fort (free with paying adult): Saturday
Wet felting (€15): Sunday

Prices for all workshops are per person and include tuition, all materials and tea and coffee as well as entry to the other events on the day (excluding other workshops). Light lunch is included with shield making. Booking online is essential for all workshops.

Due to circumstances beyond our control the landowner has  had to cancel the guided tour on Sunday. The talk on the history and importance of the fort will go ahead at 2pm.

Day price €10, Two days €15 (excluding workshops). Children are free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Looking forward to stepping back in time with you all.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Traditional skills, workshops and living history

Everybody knew there was a King at the Back of the Hill in Ardagh so it came as no surprise to locals when a skeleton of noble origin was found buried in King Máine's fort during the excavation by Liam de Paor in 1967. Máine, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages ruled South Teabhtha and his fort was one of great importance at the time of St. Patrick's arrival in the midlands.
    After the excavation the finds from the dig at the Back of the Hill were recorded and left in the National Archives undocumented until Adel Coleman, an archaeology student in UCC chose it as the topic of her Masters thesis. At that time the skeleton was missing but has recently been rediscovered and Adel is still investigating.
    This living history weekend, starting a 12pm both days, plans to take visitors back in time to the era of the Fort of Máine in late Iron Age and Early Christian times, the era of Celts, Saints, Scholars and Viking invaders. Entrance is €10 for adults for one day or €15 for both days (excludes workshops) this includes tea and coffee and all children go free.
    Significant finds at the Back of the Hill fort included evidence of weaving and metalworking, a beautiful penannular brooch, glass beads, bone comb fragments and a stone incised with a cross. Life at the fort was busy for the residents whose occupation spanned several hundred years and we hope to give a flavour of this through living history displays, demonstrations and workshops. A talk on the history and importance of the Back of the Hill settlement will take place at 2pm on Sunday 15th.
    We are excited to welcome Jodie from Living Legacies Ireland who will let you try your hand at wool weaving, and hear about what life was like during the Iron Age. Did you know there were marriage and divorce laws in the Iron Age? Or that iron was more valuable than gold? Find out about this and much more with 'Living Legacies Ireland'.
    Michael Moylan is a fountain of history knowledge, join him on Saturday 14th to try out ancient weapons and see if the armour fits. Irish History Live brings the museum to you with real artefacts from Bronze Age to Viking times.
    Evidence of Viking trade has also been found in the Ardagh area by archaeologists and we will be invaded by the Jofur Dregin (Boar warriors) band of Vikings on both days. As well as setting up traditional tents, showcasing their wares, demonstrating and sharing their fighting tips with new recruits we have a number of Viking traditional skills workshops on offer. These must be booked in advance through the website Try your hand at Nalbinding (€25) and Haithabu bag making (€50) with Aneta or create your own combat-ready shield with Bartek over the two days (€200).
    Tracy from Hazelrocks Jewellery joins us for a half-day workshop at 10am on Saturday 14th July. During this workshop you get expert tuition and learn all the skills necessary to create your own beautiful Tree of Life pendant from precious stones and wire (€55). No experience necessary. Everyone will have their own gemstone tree of life to bring home.
    Ann and Annette from Creative Ardagh will help you create a clay model fort (free with paying adult) on Saturday 14th and guide you through the process of wet felting (€15) on Sunday 15th, an ancient craft that predates all other textile crafts.
    Prices for all workshops are per person and include tuition, all materials and tea and coffee as well as entry to the other events (excluding other workshops). Light lunch is included with shield making. Booking online (through the tabs above) is essential for all workshops.
    This promises to be a very memorable weekend so come along and time travel with us.
Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre
Annette 086 3027602 or Ann 086 1717925.