All in a spin!

Press Release: 27/04/2005

Try your hand at spinning a yarn at the City Museum in Winchester to help celebrate National Weavers and Spinners and Dyers Week and Museums Month in May.

Ann Lovick will be demonstrating medieval spinning in the museum on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May between the hours of 11.00am - 5.00pm and on Saturday 7 May from 11.00am - 5.00 pm.

Hand-held drop spindles will be available so that visitors can have a go at spinning wool for themselves as it would have been spun during the Middle Ages. There will be other family-friendly spinning and weaving activities to try, and some displays about Roman weaving with weighted looms.

Sher Kent, Visitor Services Manager for Winchester City Council's Museum Service, said "Artefacts on display in the museum tell us that spinning and weaving were important pastimes for many of the citizens of medieval and Roman Winchester. I'm really looking forward to trying out the ancient skill of spinning for myself. Events like this are a real hands-on way to find out about the past. Please come along and join in!"

This event is free and no booking is required.

Contact: Winchester Museums Service on 01962 848269,