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Craven museums bring history to life for British Archaeology Festival
8:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
Two Craven museums took part in the nation-wide British Archaeology Festival.
At the Folly in Settle, Ingleborough Archaeology Group re-enacted the reading of a will made by Christopher Harling of Ingleton in 1626 and the inventory of possessions of Lawrence Craven of Skirwith, made in 1630, using museum objects.
The event, entitled Craven's Past Bringing Documents to Life, saw members dressed in period costume.
A group spokesman said: “The Folly made the perfect backdrop for the re-enactment which brought this aspect of life in 17th century Craven to life.”
And, Skipton’s Craven Museum welcomed Rebecca Griffiths, a finds liaison officer with the Portable Antiquities Scheme which records all discoveries.
She spoke about the scheme and brought along some recent finds, including a Bronze Age axe head.
“It was very hands-on and a good opportunity to learn more about specific finds,” said Martin Wills, the museum’s collections and interpretation officer.
“We had a lot of students who came along and there was a large range of participants which was pleasing, particularly as some had not visited the museum before.”
Rebecca also helped to identify “finds” brought in by the public, which included a small wooden box containing Elizabethan coins with holes drilled in and a necklace ribbon.
It was found by a local builder within the threshold of a door at an old house in Lancashire and would have been used as lucky charm.
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