Ooh Arrr - just a little bit. TV Bladesmith ROD HUGHES and his team at Goldeneye Forge are the strangers on the shore at the September Festival, demonstrating how weapons were made in pre-Poldarkian times to a beautiful clarinet soundtrack from regular Festival performer MAXINE CRALLAN.

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Victorian House of Arts and Crafts, This new four-part series from Lion Television Scotland for BBC Arts has been aired on BBC Two in early 2019 and transport six modern-day craftspeople back in time to live and experience first-hand the ideas and practices of Arts and Crafts visionaries William Morris, John Ruskin and Gertrude Jekyll.


Formed in protest against the dehumanization of workers and mass-produced goods, these pioneers felt a return to nature, and taking a pride in handcrafted goods would enhance their lives and create a better society. But will it work today and what, if anything, can the craftspeople take from the experience that might enrich their lives in the modern world?

Cut off from 21st century life, the group of six artisans will be transported back into a remote Victorian Arts & Crafts bubble where they must lovingly breathe life back into an orginal Arts and Crafts property.


Forming a community and living and working collectively, they must decorate and furnish four key rooms, one per episode, making everything from scratch, inspired by nature and in keeping with the rules of the movement. They’ll make hand-printed wallpaper, bespoke craft furniture, furnishings and ceramics using archives and original source material related to the home and community, transforming it into a spectacular Arts and Crafts showcase.