Museum Makers Choice – The Bradley Sword

Swords were first made in Britain during the Late Bronze Age, around the 7th to 8th centuries BC. The first metals were introduced to Britain around 2,500 BC. At first bronze smiths were only able to make short-bladed weapons such as daggers and razors. As their skills developed, longer bladed weapons became possible. The rapiers of the Middle Broze Age are longer than daggers, but not quite swords. By the Late Bronze Age the first swords were being made. There are a small number of swords in the Museum’s collection, of which the Bradley Sword is the most complete.

In this film Museum Maker, Nathan Kynman, takes a closer look at the Bradley Sword. The Sword is on display in the Archaeology Gallery.

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