Traditional craftsmen share trades

STOWMARKET'S Museum of East Anglian Life is holding a steam and traditional crafts event this weekend.

STOWMARKET'S Museum of East Anglian Life is holding a steam and traditional crafts event this weekend.

Craftsmen from across the region will be demonstrating a variety of techniques at the 70-acre site.

Spinners, weavers and blacksmiths will be working within the museum's reconstructed historic buildings, and visitors will be able try lace making, learn about the importance of patchwork or needlework, or simply reminisce about bygone activities. There will also be traction engines in steam operating around the site.

Museum director Tony Butler said: “It is wonderful to be able to fill the museum with the sights and sounds of the past. In a world of increasing conformity and mechanisation it is vital that traditional crafts and skills are preserved.

“Traditional ways of working provide links with the past which are becoming increasingly distant and events such as this provide a chance to pass skills and knowledge on for the future.”

The event runs from 10am to 5pm today and tomorrow and further details are available from the museum on 01449 612229, or www.eastanglianlife.org.uk