Anglo Saxon and modern crafts celebrated at Sutton Hoo’s Craeftiga festival



Families have been celebrating the talents of craftsmen and women at Sutton Hoo this weekend, at the centre’s annual Craeftiga: The Sutton Hoo Festival of Craftmanship.

Running today and tomorrow, the day features 30 craftspeople across a range of disciplines including weavers, scribes, metal workers, woodworkers, potter and illuminators crafting items, celebrating both the Anglo Saxon processes in the past and modern day alternatives.

Laura Howarth, learning and interpretation officer at Sutton Hoo, said: “It’s all about celebrating those crafts and things that the Anglo Saxons would have done and showing how technologies have changed but the concept has been retained.”

Despite the wet weather, dozens of families enjoyed the crafts on offer, as well has having a go at the Anglo Saxon craft trail, making bracelets and speaking to those who are crafting the items.

Visitors were also able to see the Sae Wylfing replica ship and appearance from King Raedwald.

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Miss Howarth said: “It’s only the second year we have run it and it has grown a bit from last year, and we are hoping to grow it for the future too, which is great.”

The day also featured an ‘Out of the Case’ offering where crafted replicas were taken out of the displays and visitors were able to see the items up close.

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Sunday’s Out of the Case session runs from 1.30-2.30pm, while the centre is open from 10.30am-5.30pm.

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