The Clearing is a vision of the future in the grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Build a Fire

Saturday 18 March

See the Workshop report here

Let's begin at the beginning. Once they turn the off the gas, and the mains electricity starts getting patchy, how will we stay warm in the winter?

This workshop will teach you the basics of our oldest technology: fire.

We’ll begin with a discussion of the history of fire. We'll cover what to burn and where to find it; how to chop, store and season wood; and how to light it with pre- (and probably post-) industrial technology. We'll then help you learn two of these. Tom James will teach you the flint and steel method (easy-peasy) whilst Matt Cox will teach the bow-drill method (not as easy as it looks).

We'll finish with a bonfire, on which we'll cook jacket potatoes, warm our cockles, and feel much better about the next nine months.

DATE: Saturday 18th March 2017.
TIME: 11am - 4pm.
BRING: Kindling, tinder, proper boots, food to share.
TICKETS: Workshops cost £10 per adult and £5 per child. This includes admission to the grounds. To book a place, click here.
NOTE: Workshops are subsidised by the Heritage Lottery Fund.