16 October 2014

Middle ages to return to Avoncroft

THE MIDDLE Ages will be returning to Avoncroft Museum next weekend when a group of young re-enactors arrive at the venue to bring the past back to life.

Next Saturday and Sunday (October 18 and 19) pupils, aged 11 to 18, from King Edward’s School will be staging a living history exhibit in the museum’s medieval town house.

There will be military displays of arms and armour, bows and crossbows to go alongside the star of the show ‘Elizabeth’ – a medieval trebuchet made of oak and iron, weighing over a ton and standing 14ft high. It is a quarter scale example of the largest trebuchet.

A smaller trebuchet called ‘Aimee’ will also be shooting throughout the day demonstrating some of the earliest known firearms such as the Losh-ult cannon and the Tannenberg Handgonne.

Jonathan Davies, the teacher leading the group, said: “The kids are so enthusiastic and love the challenge of bringing the past to life in front of an appreciative audience.

“They really enjoy getting stuck in to all aspects of medieval life, be it cooking a sumptuous meal over an open fire or getting to grips with weapons from the Middle Ages.”

Visit www.avoncroft.org.uk for more.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard