We’ve been a little quiet over here at Norfolk Firework Volcano headquarters – but that’s because we’ve been thinking long and hard about how we’ll build your volcano.
I visited Michael Nielson, a Replicas Specialist at the British Museum, to get some ideas. His workshop was a treasure trove – he’s worked on everything, from making copies of small bits of Roman pottery, to full size replicas of the Rosetta stone.
In the past he’s helped some of our team to build a model of a volcano for a Pompeii Live event :
It was a great object, but it only came up to my knees! So, we’re going to have to think a lot over the next few weeks about how to make our volcano bigger, keep it structurally stable, fireproof, try and use as many recycled materials as possible and make it look realistic. Then we can move on to the fireworks… we’ve got a lot of work to do!
In real volcano news, Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico, which erupted in May this year, has been showing increased activity, leading to flight disruptions due to the ash cloud. Its name in Nahuatl means “smoking mountain”, and from this video, it’s easy to see why: