The School of Ancient Crafts

'Dobhran' The logboat


The logboat project is based on the River Conan logboat in the National Museum of Scotland.  The replica took a year and a half to turn a 9 metre tree into a logboat, only using traditional tools that would have been used 2000 years ago. 


Our replica is now moored in Granton Harbour, Edinburgh. 




The Farming Project



This was our first project in 2012, we worked with lots of local Schools and Community Groups in Edinburgh.  We wanted to find out how much land you need to grow a loaf of bread (in the Iron Age).  1.6m2 is the answer.


Growing, threshing, milling and eating, we did it all. 

The Roman Shoemaking project



This was our 2016 project, inspired by Vindolanda Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall.  Where over a 1000 well preserved Roman shoes have been found (nearly all of them are odd).  


We made replicas of almost 50 of these designs and took a wonderful group of Young Archaeology Club volunteers to Hadrian Wall to try them out. 

Past Projects

Mary Queen of Scots Sewing Project


This project involved 33 volunteers and 2 years of their time to creat a replica of the Marian Hanging.  This is the name of a incredible piece of needlwork made by Mary Queen of Scots during her 19 years of imprisonment. 


Our replica is now on permanent display in the Royal Apartment in Edinburgh Castle.



Blast from the Past


This project was set in the Bathgate Hills, west of Edinburgh, and was focussed on the prehistoric people that lived there. 


A beautiful loan box and series of information banners are on display at the BeeCraigs Country Park Visitor Information Centre.