Archer, Journey to Stonehenge

A display of original watercolour illustrations and working drawings from the book by Jane Brayne.

The Salisbury Museum, The Kings House, 65 The Close, Salisbury  SP1 2EN

April 11th – July 9th 2017

Craftsmen who advised Jane on prehistoric technologies have lent fine examples of their work.

Hilary Greenland (Sylvan Archery) and Steve Ward (Primitive Archer of East Anglia) are specialists in traditional archery. Hilary even let Jane shoot some arrows with a longbow in the course of her research!

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Wild boar at large, Jane Brayne

novice archer

daggers remade

Neil Burridge is a traditional bronze and copper smith who has cast beautiful replicas of the Archer’s copper knives. He advised on all matters metallic and might have inspired the band of smiths in the story…

Dancing smiths

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arrow by Hilary Greenland, deerskin quiver by Steve Ward

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Telling the Archer’s Tale

archer. journey to stonehenge

 

ARCHER, Journey to Stonehenge

Jane Brayne

I’ve been working towards writing and drawing this book for a long time. At last the story is finalised and the artwork is well under way. I hope to have it finished later this year. Aimed at children aged around 9 – 12, it’s in the comic strip genre, with speech bubbles and a fast-moving story.


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In 2002 a team from Wessex Archaeology, led by Professor Andrew Fitzpatrick, excavated the burial of a prehistoric man on a hillside at Amesbury, about two miles from Stonehenge. In his grave they found copper daggers, flint arrowheads, gold hair tress rings, beaker pots and much more – around 100 objects in all. One of the man’s ribs and his left kneecap were missing. Visit http://www.wessexarch.co.uk for more info.

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A day or two later I had a ‘phone call from Andrew. Wessex had put out a press…

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