Half term fun with Godfrid the Anglo-Saxon

Godfrid the Anglo-Saxon had a busy time on his first visit to Winchester City Museum on Friday. It was not only the many school children who listened fascinated to his tales of Anglo-Saxon times, but also their parents.

Children had the opportunity to dress up in helmet and chainmail as well as holding a replica of King Alfred's sword and various shields made by Godfrid himself.

Godfrid spent the weekend talking about life in the 9th - 11th centuries, the age of King Alfred the Great, when Winchester was the principal city of the Kings of Wessex and England. Visitors could ask any questions about all aspects of late Anglo-Saxon life, from weaponry and customs, to education and health.

As well as talking to Godfrid there were plenty of hands-on-activities to keep the children occupied. They made rubbings of an Anglo-Saxon penny, handled genuine pottery pieces and bones from the period, and did puzzles and created pottery designs based on those from Anglo-Saxon times.