Dates
9am-5pm 10-11 September 2022

Venue
Predannack Anti-Aircraft Battery and Museum, Helston

Course Aims

Obtain practical experience in identifying and operating blackpowder weapons that are likely to be found on underwater heritage sites. Participants will learn about the history of these weapons and also about licencing requirements. They will also have the opportunity to use small firearms and cannon to understand the complexity of their operation. 

Course connections or need
It will build on participants’ knowledge who have done the cannon e-Learning and the practical cannon recording course in June. It will also be an engaging stand-alone experience for historic weapons enthusiasts.

WHO'S THE TUTOR
Ian Henn from Mainmast Conservation 

WHO'S IT FOR?
This course is for anyone interested historic weapons or someone who is trying to research them. It is particularly designed for people trying to understand the practicalities of how these weapons operated in the past.

NAS members will earn 5 credits per day towards their Certificate or Award.

PARTICIPANTS WILL COMPLY WITH OUR COVID POLICY WHICH CAN BE READ HERE.

COSTS:
NAS members £250 (includes tea/coffee/biscuits each day and a traditional Cornish pasty!)
Non-NAS members £350 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you're better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)

Timetable: (provisional and subject to change)

Saturday 10th September

9.00 – 9.30 Introduction and tea and coffee

9.30 -10.00 Safety briefing and explanation of day’s events

10.00 – 11.00 introduction to Blackpowder, how it’s made, different grades and properties, including demonstration of making a small quantity and how it’s ignited for its various uses.

11.00 -11.30 tea, coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 demonstration of the different types of historic firearms, with particular emphasis on the types found in the marine environment.

12.30 – 13.30 lunch, pasties or sandwiches delivered fresh to the site

13.30 – 16.00 practical demonstration of blackpowder firearms with hands on firing experience

16.00 - 16.30 tea and coffee and de-brief

Sunday 11th September

9.00 -9.30 introduction and tea and coffee

9.30 -10.00 Safety briefing and explanation of day’s events

10.00 -10.30 discussion of different types of firearms likely to be found in a marine or museum environment, safe handling and applicable firearms law.

10.30 – 11.00 Tour of site (ww2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery) 

11.00 – 12.30 introduction to black powder cannon, practical demonstration and supervised firing experience for course members.

12.30 – 13.30 lunch

13.30 – 16.00 continuing cannon firing for course members.

16.00 – 16.30 live fire cannon demonstration against wooden target

16.30 – 17.00 tea, coffee and de-brief/discussion of course experience

PARTICIPANTS WILL COMPLY WITH OUR COVID POLICY WHICH CAN BE READ HERE.

Accommodation

Some accommodation in military pods is available on site. 

https://airbnb.com/h/militarypodcampingthelizard

https://airbnb.com/h/militarypodcampingcornwall

There are also numerous nearby hotels and B&Bs.