Learn To Make Harry Potter Broomsticks At Amersham Museum

| 02 July 2003
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shows Adam King with a display of his broomsticks

Photo: Adam shows his 'besoms' all round Britain.

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Have you ever seen how a broomstick is made? Do you want to know how to make a Nimbus 2000 or a Firebolt to improve your performance at Quidditch?

Traditional craft worker Adam King will be demonstrating how to make broomsticks at Amersham Museum on Sunday July 6 2003 from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm. He will also be selling broomsticks, but museum staff cannot give any guaranteees about their flying performance!

shows Adam King making a besom, or broomstick

Photo: the King family has been working in the local countryside for many generations.

Adam King is one of the few broom makers left in the country, otherwise known as a 'Broom Squire'. He uses traditional materials such as Birch for the heads and Ash for the handles, all gathered in the Chilterns.

He has become a popular figure at shows up and down the country where he demonstrates his skills.

His work load has been somewhat enhanced recently with the popularity of Harry Potter and his 'Nimbus 2000' broom sticks. Adam makes a small broom specially for children.

shows some broomsticks, including smaller versions

Photo: there's even a junior model for smaller wizards.

If Harry Potter-style broomsticks don't appeal, there are plenty of other things to see at the museum. "It's very much a local museum," said Anthony del Tufo, Chairman of Amersham Museum.

"The collection spans from Roman times to the second world war, from the history of transport in the area to a fine collection of Victorian photography now accessible through an interactive kiosk."

In some ways, explained Mr del Tufo, the star exhibit in the museum is the building itself - it's 550 years old, and was originally part of a medieval 'Hall' house.

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