One-day blacksmithing course


Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle
Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle
01299 250416
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Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle
Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury, Nr Kidderminster, DY11 7XZ


13 Dec 2023


All Day

A one-day blacksmithing course at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle

Various dates | Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle

This one-day course is a unique opportunity for you to try your hand at the traditional craft of blacksmithing in the beautiful surroundings of Hartlebury Castle. You will be working on an original Victorian forge which was relocated to the County Museum from Dog Lane, Bewdley in the 1960s.

The course tutor is Paul Ashmore (AWCB, LWCB), a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience in blacksmithing, forge work and metals conservation. Paul has taught at the National School of Blacksmithing and was recently awarded his LWCB (licentiate) by The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, London. Paul has an in-depth knowledge of historic ironwork, with a particular interest in the collection of Bromsgrove Guild metal work held by the County Museum.

What will I gain from the course?

The day is suitable for complete beginners and those who want to gain additional experience in the forge. There will only be two students on each course, ensuring participants receive a quality experience.

Exclusive one-to-one tuition is also available.

Throughout the day Paul will demonstrate a range of traditional techniques before allowing participants to work at their own pace using the forge, anvil, hammer, and tongs to create a variety of items to take home.


  • The course fee is £180 per participant. Please note a minimum of 2 participants are required to run each session, so you will be paired with a second participant
  • 2 participants booking together for the same date get a discounted rate of £340 for two people
  • 1 person can book a day of exclusive 1-to-1 tuition for £340

All the above prices will be discounted by £10 for a Hartlebury or Museums Worcestershire volunteer, a Hartlebury Guardian or a Worcestershire Residents Pass holder.

Gift vouchers are also available and make a great present!

Information and Bookings

Upcoming bookable dates are:

  • October | Wednesday 25 October
  • November | Friday 10, Friday 24, Wednesday 29 November
  • December | Friday 8 and Wednesday 13 December

For further information, to book a course, or to purchase a voucher please contact Pippa by email at or call her on 01299 250416.

Please get in touch if these dates do not suit you as we may be able to arrange a different date.

More dates to follow for 2024 including an intermediate course for those who may have been on the introductory course or already know the basics. Further information to follow soon!

The course is suitable for 16 years and over. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please contact Pippa for a chat before booking if you have any additional needs or requirements.

All materials and PPE will be included. Drinks are also included, but participants will need to bring their own lunch.

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