Meet a Medieval Archer on Saturday 24 October

Press Release: 23/10/2009

Meet a Medieval Archer on Saturday 24 October

What was it like to be a medieval English archer fighting against the French at the battle of Agincourt? Why was the longbow such a force on the medieval battlefield?

Come along to the Westgate on Saturday 24 October and find out from Irwin, a travelling medieval bowman, who will help bring the period alive.


Robin Iles, Winchester City Council’s Museums Education Officer said: “The Westgate Museum is an ideal setting for this event.  Fortified in the Middle Ages against the threat of French invasion, the Westgate has actual arrow slots used by archers at the time, and a portcullis arch that once held a gate that could be lowered to defend the city from attack.” 


Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Culture and Sport at Winchester City Council, added: “This free event at the Westgate promises a fascinating insight into medieval life. The City Council’s museums are always looking out for new family friendly events that will be popular with local people and tourists, and this is the first time that the Westgate has hosted a re-enactor from the medieval period.”


You can meet the medieval archer at the Westgate Museum on Saturday 24 October from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is FREE.