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:

Easter 2023 special – Cleopatra Selene Past Matters

  1. Easter 2023 special – Cleopatra Selene
  2. Easter 2023 special – Equestrian artist Lucy Kemp-Welch
  3. New Year special – Sophia Dorothea, the British queen who never was
  4. Animal bones – Fishbourne Roman Palace
  5. Circles of Stone exhibition – Stonehenge
  6. Sword and helmet – William Morris Gallery
  7. 'The Lost King' – The Wallace Collection
  8. 'Without hands' – the Sarah Biffin exhibition at Philip Mould & Company
  9. 'Tiny Traces' – The Foundling Museum
  10. Christmas 2021 special episode – interview with Lucy Jago

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