Saxon living history days

Press Release: 16/10/2014

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 31 October 10am - 4.30pm and Saturday 1 November, 10am - 3.30pm.

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 war gear of the period, crafts of the time such as antler- and bone-working, leather-working and bow-making, food and cookery, and medicine and folklore.

Robin Iles, Museum Education Officer at Winchester City Council, 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.

Cllr Mike Southgate, Portfolio Holder for Museums at Winchester City Council, said:

This event is a great opportunity for local families to find out what life was like for people living in and around Winchester nearly 1,500 years ago and will be ideal for children studying the Anglo-Saxons at school.

Admission to the City Museum is free – just turn up. The event runs 10am – 4.30pm on Friday 31 October and 10am - 3.30pm on Saturday 1 November, 2014. For more details call the City Museum on 01962 863 064, email or visit the website .