Many of the things we recreate as living history could easily be described as lost arts. Some crafts have become redundant in our modern world while others, though still practised, have been completely transformed by modern tools and materials.
Very often the only way to accurately recreate
an artefact from another age is to use the same tools, methods and techniques as were used when the artefact was created.
To work closely and learn from knowledgeable and like minded craftspeople who are dedicated to the accuracy of their chosen discipline is a privilege I try to take at every opportunity.
I am also rather fond of Viking ships and the museum also boasts some fine reconstructions including a full size copy of the ship found at Gokstad.