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Sally Pointer & Gareth Riseborough are a husband & wife team based in South Wales and Herefordshire. Ably assisted by two cats they spend their days exploring aspects of early technology and material culture from prehistory to the present.

We are sorry to have to announce that Gareth died on Friday 26 March 2021 after being diagnosed with cancer in the autumn of 2020


Has a degree in Archaeology & Old English, a C&G in Training and Education and is currently doing an MSc in Experimental Archaeology. She spent over a decade managing a hands-on gallery for the National Museum Wales and went freelance in 2010 to pursue her interests in heritage education. She is the author of books on the history of cosmetics, herbs, and costume, makes YouTube videos on traditional skills and crafts, regularly appears on TV and Radio and is also a knitwear designer and avid hedge-botherer.


Originally trained as a chef before deciding it was more fun to work in a different century. Gareth spent many years as the baker at Cosmeston Medieval Village, and specialised in early bone, horn and metalwork. He regularly demonstrated historic cooking and craft skills from prehistory to the early modern, and his work is found in museum education, film and theatre the world over.

His death in 2021 has left a huge hole in many lives and Sally is so grateful for all the messages of support.

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