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by Tom H
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve
Replies: 7
Views: 1905

Re: Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve

Yes, a very disappointing programme indeed, and it had so much potential. Some painful factual errors, blurring of centuries, lots of key points missed out, and the presenter's quips created a pretty misleading view of pilgrims and pilgrimage, particularly when he suggested pilgrims may have looked ...
by Tom H
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Mary Rose fiddle
Replies: 7
Views: 4097

Re: Mary Rose fiddle

That looks great, lovely work. I've never heard a box fiddle played, how does it sound compared to a viol shaped fiddle?
by Tom H
Mon May 20, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Sure as eggs is eggs......
Replies: 2
Views: 2716

Re: Sure as eggs is eggs......

Looks very nice, though I wouldn't like to meet the beery eggy men as they return from the tavern.
by Tom H
Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: The Minstrels' Court, Saturday 15th June, Chester
Replies: 1
Views: 2539

The Minstrels' Court, Saturday 15th June, Chester

The Minstrels' Court will be taking place on Saturday 15th June in Chester. It's a very friendly and fun event and we believe it to be Britain's biggest gathering of medieval musicians. Details are in the events section http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewforum.php?f=25 If you enjoy medieval o...
by Tom H
Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Workhouse Study Day, Sat. 22 June, Northwich, Cheshire
Replies: 0
Views: 2015

Workhouse Study Day, Sat. 22 June, Northwich, Cheshire

I thought some Victorian living historians might be interested in the Workhouse Study Day happening on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich, (housed in the old Northwich Union Workhouse). The workhouse cast a long shadow over many people's lives in the mid-late 19th century and...
by Tom H
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: International Bagpipe Day
Replies: 0
Views: 1969

International Bagpipe Day

Various events will be happening over the weekend of 9/10 March to celebrate International Bagpipe Day which will interest those of us into Early Music and traditional instruments. Some information about the happenings in Chester can be found on this thread http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/view...
by Tom H
Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Wash Dolly
Replies: 1
Views: 1093

Re: Wash Dolly

Because it looks like a dolly! It has the head, arms, body and not five (or six, or seven) legs, but a skirt. That's the general explanation, though being a social history and dialect thing, no doubt someone somewhere has heard of another reason. I know a lady in her eighties who, with her sister, u...
by Tom H
Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: what would you do with an early 15th century bagpipe?
Replies: 7
Views: 3543

Re: what would you do with an early 15th century bagpipe?

Lots of people would be interested!!! I play my (various) pipes at lots of living history events and they never fail to draw a crowd and get many interested questions. As to what you can do with them, I use them in storytelling, for dances, leading troops onto the battlefield, as well as adding colo...
by Tom H
Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Trouvere - Music for a Medieval Prince
Replies: 2
Views: 1869

Re: Trouvere - Music for a Medieval Prince

By coincidence, I was enjoying listening to this yesterday. It is a lovely collection and beautifully played. Well done!
by Tom H
Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Rag rugs
Replies: 3
Views: 2253

Re: Rag rugs

Just found an excellent book which is hugely helpful on this as well as being a great read and enlightening social history. If you have ever made a rug or thought about doing so I'd recommend "Hook into the Past - The Story of Mat Making in North East England" which seems to be the result ...
by Tom H
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Corn Dollies
Replies: 15
Views: 3434

Re: Corn Dollies

Again not dollies, but there are two sheaves hanging above the table, loosely resembling figures, in Bruegel's Peasant Wedding Feast http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Peasant_Wedding which are reminiscent of the hanging up of corn dollies above the feasting table in the later reinvention of a harvest...
by Tom H
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Rag rugs
Replies: 3
Views: 2253

Rag rugs

Inspired by the thread about corn dollies, I thought I'd ask if anyone has come across pre-Victorian references to rag rugs/proggy mats etc. I've read in a couple of short books about them that they've been around since 16th century, but without any references. I'm also wondering if this were the ca...
by Tom H
Fri May 11, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Minstrels' Court, Chester, 16th June 2012
Replies: 1
Views: 2130

Minstrels' Court, Chester, 16th June 2012

The Minstrels' Court will be taking place once again at St John's Church, Chester on Saturday 16th June 2012, from 10.30am-5pm. This is a recreation of the annual gathering of musicians and other performers to obtain their licence in remembrance of the occasion when the minstrels saved Earl Ranulf o...
by Tom H
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 20428

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

One of the things that strikes me as odd about the supposed "12 arrows a minute" quote is that I don't think medieval people measured things in minutes did they? Not sure, but interested. In his "The Hanged Man" Robert Bartlett gave a great exploration of how people measured the ...
by Tom H
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: medieval fiddle
Replies: 12
Views: 3983

Re: medieval fiddle

Tamsin, just curious - why don't you use vibrato. I don't play violin/fiddle but do play various bagpipes and have recently been thinking about different approaches to ornamentation that various players use when performing historic music from different periods, and indeed regions. Just interested in...
by Tom H
Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: International Bagpipe Day Sat 10th March
Replies: 1
Views: 1898

Re: International Bagpipe Day Sat 10th March

And it was a huge success, well featured on national news and radio and events happening across the world. Look out for it again next year, second Saturday in March. Meanwhile, here's some news of what happened in Cheshire http://www.pilgrimsandposies.blogspot.com The next big historic music event n...
by Tom H
Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: International Bagpipe Day Sat 10th March
Replies: 1
Views: 1898

International Bagpipe Day Sat 10th March

Saturday 10th March is going to be the first International Bagpipe Day. Pipers all over the UK and beyond will be celebrating the many versions of this instrument, the tunes and the heritage, and hopefully reacquaint people with what was once one of the most common musical sounds. If you are a piper...
by Tom H
Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: History Blogs?
Replies: 19
Views: 5529

Re: History Blogs?

I started one for our watermill last Autumn http://www.strettonwatermill.blogspot.com which though not exclusively historical does cover the past of the site, as well as folklore and traditions. I've also just started another one a fortnight ago for my living history work, http://www.pilgrimsandposi...
by Tom H
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: A Victorian Christmas CD
Replies: 0
Views: 982

A Victorian Christmas CD

I've already got a good sized collection of Christmas music from various historic periods but, having heard a couple of the songs on the Blast from the Past website, I thought I should get hold of this CD and haven't been disappointed. A good mix of some unfamiliar songs from the period with some fa...
by Tom H
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?
Replies: 8
Views: 2759

Re: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?

Agree, these dried cats are not rare, and more likely to be intended to keep "witches" away. The term witch is a bit too loaded with its modern meanings to be much use. I suspect it is the usual press slant on the find rather than what historians or archaeologists really think, especially ...
by Tom H
Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: The use of bells, (or, Ding Dong!)
Replies: 26
Views: 4005

Re: The use of bells, (or, Ding Dong!)

Fair comment, Fox. Not suggesting that people shouldn't have things like glasses as a compromise between what's needed and what's authentic. Just something to bear in mind when discussing how we represent the past in displays. Dentistry illustrations aside, we don't see many period images of teeth, ...
by Tom H
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: The use of bells, (or, Ding Dong!)
Replies: 26
Views: 4005

Re: The use of bells, (or, Ding Dong!)

There were working versions of the Canterbury Bell sign for pilgrims, not just a flat badge. In 1407 the suspected Lollard William Thorpe was examined for heresy by the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Arundel. Thorpe complained against the abuses of pilgrimage including "I know well, that when ...
by Tom H
Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: stuff dangling from your belt
Replies: 20
Views: 3600

Re: stuff dangling from your belt

The chap is Till Eulenspiegel, trickster character from German folklore. I've got a jointed version of him on my office door that does a jig when you pull the string. He usually has an owl and mirror as his posessions and various bits hanging from his belt. Although I'm a bit of a bagpipe enthusiast...
by Tom H
Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: stuff dangling from your belt
Replies: 20
Views: 3600

Re: stuff dangling from your belt

Frances, that's a brilliant pic. Never seen this bagpiper before, but I know the feeling of carrying that much (too much) into an event.
by Tom H
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:38 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: The Bagpipe Society - new website
Replies: 0
Views: 1357

The Bagpipe Society - new website

The Bagpipe Society has just launched its new website http://www.bagpipesociety.org.uk It has descriptions and video clips of the great range of pipes being played in Britain today, and also historical info and images. You can also find details of makers, performers, events and so on. Do have a look!
by Tom H
Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:17 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Minstrels' Court and beginners bagpipes workshop
Replies: 0
Views: 1353

Minstrels' Court and beginners bagpipes workshop

The Minstrels' Court will be held at St John's Church, Chester, on Saturday 25th June 2011, 11am-4pm, it's a great medieval music event, and free. There are more details on the events page, but thought musicians would be interested to hear that we've also managed to arrange the loan of several sets ...
by Tom H
Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Interesting bucket?
Replies: 6
Views: 2294

Re: Interesting bucket?

The construction, with the folded over flat nails and the style & colouring of the planking looks exactly like the buckets being sold a couple of years ago at TORM, although the shape is different. Looks 21st century to me.
by Tom H
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Ideas for Tudor rat catcher
Replies: 10
Views: 6357

Re: Ideas for Tudor rat catcher

Very useful, thanks Tamsin. I look into getting hold of a copy of that book.

I love those ballad titles with the synopsis of the plot, don't you? My favourite is Shameless Joan, the old woman of Finsbury....
by Tom H
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Ideas for Tudor rat catcher
Replies: 10
Views: 6357

Re: Ideas for Tudor rat catcher

Thanks both,

Tamsin - I've only found the Famous Ratketcher one in the Pepys ballads, had a quick search for the other and can't seem to find it. Probably had what my wife calls " a boy's look" - could you let me know the title of the other?

Thanks
Tom
by Tom H
Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Ideas for Tudor rat catcher
Replies: 10
Views: 6357

Ideas for Tudor rat catcher

In early April I will be doing some storytelling at a museum event that has the theme of medicine and hygiene. I'm thinking of presenting the stories as a ratcatcher and trying to put together some kit. I'm looking for ideas that I could carry with me. So far, I'm thinking Poisons bottles, Dead rat ...

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