Shedding light on the Dark Ages

Press Release: 23/10/2012

Saxon Living History Days

Angles, Saxons and Jutes are setting up camp in the City Museum, Winchester during half term week. They will bring Winchester’s Dark Age history alive for visitors young and old on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November, 10am - 3.30pm each day.

Members of local re-enactment group Weorod will be on hand dressed in period costume from the sixth and seventh centuries, a time when our Anglo-Saxon ancestors were becoming established in the Kingdom of Wessex, with its centre at Winchester.

Visitors will be able to handle replica objects and find out all about the weapons and wargear of the period, crafts of the time such as antler and boneworking, leatherworking and bowmaking, food and cookery, and medicine and folklore.

Robin Iles, Winchester City Council Museums Education Officer said, "Visitors coming to see our Anglo-Saxon re-enactors will also be able to see some amazing artefacts from this mysterious period of history on display in the museum, including spearheads and swords, beautifully made jewellery, pottery burial urns and a magnificent bronze hanging bowl from Oliver’s Battery.”

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport at Winchester City Council, said, “This free event is sure to appeal to local families looking for fun and educational things to do during half term. This is just one of a wide range of interesting events organised by the Winchester City Council Museums team at sites in Winchester and the wider district.”

Admission to the City Museum is free – just turn up. The event runs 10am – 3.30pm each day. For more details call the City Museum on 01962 863 064, email museums@winchester.gov.uk or visit the website www.winchester.gov.uk/museums.