The Magic of Metals

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre

Special Event

The Magic of Metals

Day Saturday
Date10th December 2022
Time 10:00 - 12:30
Presenter Dr Judie English
Cost £10.00
Room Main Hall
Availability 34/36 Places
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Event Description

The Magic of Metals – cultural context of prehistoric, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon metal production

We regard metals as either intrinsically valuable – gold – or useful, and think little about their production. In the past gold was almost always valued for personal adornment but not for its utility. Other metals have to be produced using processes requiring skill in handling high temperatures and which change a dull rock into something that shines and takes a cutting edge. This course will look at the interaction between industrial processes and magic, and the status within society of those who held such prized and feared skills


Dr Judie English, FSA, MCIfA
My earliest archaeological experience was in excavation, firstly on prehistoric sites in Wessex and then several years rescue work. Eventually I became more interested in what went on beyond the trench and am now mainly involved in landscape archaeology. This necessitates some knowledge of monuments as diverse as Bronze Age barrows and 19th century military earthworks but my main interests lie in European Late Prehistory and developments after the retreat of the Roman Empire.
After many years in medical research at Surrey University I undertook doctoral research with the late Peter Drewett and David Rudling at Sussex University and have been teaching for about 25 years at the CCE at Sussex University, Collyers College, Horsham and various adult education classes.