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Experimental archaeology demonstration day at Cliffe Castle Museum


Jul 20 2022


11:00 am - 3:00 pm

About The Event


Cliffe Castle Museum
Keighley, BD20 6LQ

Did you know that rocks ring and can be made into musical instruments?

Come and join us in the park at Cliffe Castle for an experimental archaeology day and watch a demonstration of stone shaping inspired by our newly restored musical stones.

As part of the festival of archaeology, local stonemason Chris Swales will be knapping and shaping stones throughout the day. He will be accompanied by Bobbie Millar from Quarry Arts and Heather Millard from Cliffe Castle who will be talking about the history of the musical stones in the museum collection.

You’ll also have the opportunity to play the musical stones for yourself, now displayed in the museum conservatory. This project has been funded by the Arts Council and local community groups to create new frames to re-display the stones after nearly 60 years in storage.

The event is free and you’re welcome to drop in anytime between 11am – 3pm to see the stonemason at work and ask any questions.

Please note the event will be cancelled if the weather is windy or very wet, please check with the museum if you are travelling especially for the event.


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