Tools for making clothes in Iron Age Britain

For the classroom

The set of weaving tools


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Bone needle


A bone needle from Little Woodbury in Wiltshire.

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Weaving comb


A weaving comb made of bone from Danebury in Hampshire.

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Weaving sword


A weaving sword made of a red deer foot bone in the Museum of London.

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© Museum of London

Traces of clothing


Corroded iron with traces of clothing found in a grave in Burton Flemming, east Yorkshire.

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Iron Age image bank

Source: britishmuseum.org

An image bank about the people of Iron Age Britain on the British Museum website.

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/resources/all_resources-1/iron_age_people.aspx

Appearance of Celts

Source: bbc.co.uk

Video from BBC Class Clips about the appearance of Celts (close neighbours of the Britons) as described by Greek writers.

Watch this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/the-celts/7103.html

Iron Age weaving

Source: bbc.co.uk

Link to an online game from BBC Wales about Iron Age weaving.

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/b/bone_needle.aspx

Using a drop-spindle

Source: nts.org.uk

Video on YouTube from the National Trust for Scotland about using a drop-spindle.

Watch this video on YouTube.co.uk http://youtu.be/bKAJTKvl0nE

Using a weaving sword

Source: timemaps.net

Video showing the use of a weaving sword on an upright loom. Start at 2:00.

Watch this video on YouTube.co.uk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ter3X846A6M

Outside the classroom

Here is a selection of museums with relevant collections.

The Ancient Technology Centre, Dorset

Source: ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/dayvisits.html

Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire

Source: butserancientfarm.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/schools/

Ryedale Folk Museum

Source: ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk/learning/

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/school_visits.aspx

Tools for making clothes in Iron Age Britain