Half-Term Medieval Mayhem at the City Museum

Press Release: 23/05/2008

A Medieval Man-at-arms

The City Museum in Winchester will be home to fighting folk from the Middle Ages when it hosts re-enactors from the Medieval Free Company on Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June 2008.

Visitors will be able to meet a medieval archer complete with longbow, and a man-at-arms.  The archer will explain the use of the longbow and how it became the deadliest of medieval weapons.  It dominated the battlefield until the middle of the 16th century.  Also on hand will be an herbalist to explain the potions she would administer in the event of a direct enemy arrow hit. 

During the medieval weekend members of the public will have a great opportunity to handle replica medieval objects and find out what it was like to live and fight in Winchester over 500 years ago. This living history event will take place in the museum’s medieval gallery, surrounded by the wealth of artefacts excavated over the years in Winchester.  Visitors can even attempt to find the medieval Mayor’s wooden toilet seat.

Robin Iles, Education Officer at Winchester City Council’s Museums Service, said, ”As well as the excitement of an archer and a medieval man–at-arms come along and see what ordinary life was like in the Middle Ages.  See how you might have lived!”

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport, said, “This event promises to be a lively opportunity for local people to find out more about life in our historic city in days gone by.”

You can see the medieval re-enactors at the City Museum, The Square, Winchester, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June 2008.  This event is free and no booking is required – just turn up.