Events: Ashmolean

In 2012, we set up an Anglo-Saxon 'village' in the Ashmolean's atrium as part of the the Festival of British Archaeology. We covered two tables with everyday items (food, clothes, games, etc) and dressed two mannequins in kit - these were useful to display weapons and armour behind the stall - Shelagh set up her tablet weaving and challenged people with riddles, Al showed off his silverware and Freya offered authentic cures for ailments.

In 2007 we were volunteers at the Ashmolean's Saxon Sagas family day. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 looked at kit and weapons, and did a range of activities:

  • Playing nine men's morris and hnefetafl (see our games page and our page on our visit to Great Milton School for more info on these)
  • Making drinking horns (plastic cup plus plaster bandage)
  • Making shields (cardboard plus plastic tub for boss)
  • Drawing and colouring in pictures of pottery
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