Two swords – Ipswich Museum

For this episode, I revisit a museum featured in season 1 – Ipswich Museum. This time, Tim Rousham from the visitor services team at the museum discusses two pattern-welded swords from the 9th century AD. Tune in to this episode to learn more about designing beautiful and effective swords and how their shape changed over time and why.

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Close-up of the swords
Version 2
The pommel of the Kersey Sword
The Kersey Sword under x-ray


The Orwell Sword under x-ray
Modern example of a pattern-welded blade


Alternatively you can listen to it and the rest of season 2 here:

2021 special – interview with Kelcey Wilson-Lee Past Matters

  1. 2021 special – interview with Kelcey Wilson-Lee
  2. The prisons – Colchester Castle
  3. A pair of huia birds – The Horniman Museum & Gardens
  4. Two swords – Ipswich Museum
  5. 1960s clock – Museum of the Home
  6. 'Schooner approaching the harbour' – Compton Verney
  7. Two smocks – The MERL
  8. A patera – The Roman Baths, Bath
  9. Three ceilings – Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
  10. Axminster carpet – Harewood House

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