Sound as a Bell
Watch a fascinating experiment unfold, in the Celtic Village, to recreate the lost art of making Early Christian handbells.
The handbell was an important icon of the early Celtic Church.
The earliest handbells of the 6th-8th centuries were made of wrought iron with a thin copper-alloy coating, but were later replaced by cast copper-alloy bells.
Many of those early wrought iron bells still exist, some as treasured relics in churches and others in museums, often with fantastical attributions to particular saints.
A Festival of British Archaeology event.