About Chainbridge Forge

Reviving the Blacksmith’s craft in a living setting.

A working forge

Here at Chain Bridge Forge we have revived the blacksmith’s craft within its original setting, and created a living forge. Both on site and online, we demonstrate the blacksmithing skills and techniques that would have been used by the Chain Bridge Forge blacksmiths, and others like them, the world over.

Chain Bridge Forge is a living museum, lead by volunteers. The building dates back to the mid 1700’s and has been in continuous use as a blacksmith workshop. The museum is small independent museum receiving no public funding for running costs. 

Blacksmithing

The museum celebrates blacksmithing and the building’s history.

We have a blacksmith and we take on commercial work, demonstrations and taster sessions.

 

Outreach

We have a portable forge which we take out to events providing demonstrations and tasters.

We also use our local history collection to do talks, particularly talks for people with dementia providing reminiscence sessions.

 

Educational Resources

 Learning outside the classroom provides opportunities for both formal and informal educational experiences.

Chain Bridge Forge can be inspiring and informative in so many ways and offers experiences which can not be replicated in a school environment.

 

Local History

The Forge has created an online local history collection which boasts nearly 7,000 artefacts covering the South Holland area.

The website is supported by social media and is predicted to achieve 150,000 views this year.

We use this to communicate with our community and receive feedback.

Innovation

 This was started to try and get craft back to schools.

HLF funded us to create a virtual reality blacksmith in conjunction with the Dr John Murray of the University of Lincoln.

From this project we were able to set up an Innovation Lab within the Forge which includes 3D Printers/ Scanners and Virtual Reality.

We take on paid work for the community.

 

Make the most of your visit

 

Blacksmith demonstrations
Taster Days for the budding Blacksmith starting at £5
Blacksmith-crafted products on sale
Information about Wheelwrighting and Farriers
Craft Days
 
 

Education packs with links to the National Curriculum
Local history
Chance to buy unique products
Personal guided tours
 

Contact Chain Bridge Forge

Visit us, email us or give us a call to find out more about what’s on offer at Chain Bridge Forge.

Address

Chain Bridge Forge, High Street, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1TX.

Call Us

07960 587724.

 

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