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by FionaDowson
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Archeology
Replies: 3
Views: 2701

Archeology

Has anyone worked as a volunteer on a dig or studied archeology? THere are on line A level courses available, costing about £200. Does anyone know if they're worth it? I gather NT have some digs running and I have an overwhelming desire to get wet and muddy but would like some feedback from anyone w...
by FionaDowson
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: First World War Knitting Sheringham summer 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 4056

First World War Knitting Sheringham summer 2016

http://www.sheringhammuseum.co.uk/index.php/activities3/textile-events North Norfolk so just east of The Wash, easy striking distance from the east midlands, Sheringham museum are hosting an exhibition of WWI knitting until Sept. Close to the Muckleborough tank museum and not that far from the Radar...
by FionaDowson
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 33804

Re: Natural Dyes?

Nettles will yield a dirty green, most things will yellow. The expert is Jenny Dean. www.jennydean.co.uk. You could join the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.They have an on line group. You may learn more than you really want to know :)
by FionaDowson
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tablet Weaving
Replies: 1
Views: 4829

Tablet Weaving

by FionaDowson
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Knit For Tommy
Replies: 1
Views: 4716

Knit For Tommy

I've been making rifle gloves from Knitting For Tommy. Interesting reading but it's easier to work out the patterns from the photos than from the instructions. Published by The HIstory Press. They also publish a book about Female Tommies, women on the front line. Does anyone know if this is worth bu...
by FionaDowson
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Civilian 1940's Group - Are there any?
Replies: 11
Views: 10296

Re: Civilian 1940's Group - Are there any?

That's interesting to hear. I'm trying to organise a display of what the WI and the WVS did during the second world war for Warriors Through The Ages at West Stow. Not sure that the public will be interested but it's always good to point out that people were keeping the home fires burning. There wer...
by FionaDowson
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Wipers Times
Replies: 0
Views: 4049

Wipers Times

There's a play of the Wipers Time on tour this autumn which would presumably be of interest to First World War re-enactors.

There's also a talk at The Wolsey in Ipswich, 12th Nov, with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman about the British Army at Ypres - www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
by FionaDowson
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Should history be fictional?
Replies: 15
Views: 9974

Re: Should history be fictional?

So, is the function of re-enacting to entertain or educate? On Trip Adviser there's a review of the museum where I volunteer (West Stow in Suffolk) where someone is complaining about how the presence of a coach load of primary school children ruined her family visit. Are museums tourist attractions ...
by FionaDowson
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Should history be fictional?
Replies: 15
Views: 9974

Re: Should history be fictional?

So, is the function of re-enacting to entertain or educate? On Trip Adviser there's a review of the museum where I volunteer (West Stow in Suffolk) where someone is complaining about how the presence of a coach load of primary school children ruined her family visit. Are museums tourist attractions ...
by FionaDowson
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Start them young
Replies: 1
Views: 4891

Re: Start them young

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village in darkest Suffolk. Great place to re-enact as you don't need a tent
by FionaDowson
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Start them young
Replies: 1
Views: 4891

Start them young

Spring at West Stow 4.jpg
Spring at West Stow 4.jpg
by FionaDowson
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Textiles, dark age style
Replies: 0
Views: 3422

Textiles, dark age style

http://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/wp-con ... uction.pdf

Beginning to think I may need to get out more but in the mean time , this seems to be the definitive word on spinning and weaving.
by FionaDowson
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Textiles, dark age style
Replies: 0
Views: 3997

Textiles, dark age style

http://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/wp-con ... uction.pdf

Beginning to think I may need to get out more but in the mean time , this seems to be the definitive word on spinning and weaving.
by FionaDowson
Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Free link opportunity
Replies: 0
Views: 4297

Free link opportunity

http://www.clubbz.com/

Free listings for clubs with a category for re-enactors

Also, does anyone advertise on www.wherecanwego.com Basic listing is free, they just ask for a link back :)
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medlars
Replies: 6
Views: 7828

Re: Medlars

Isn't there something about medlars on the Ch 4 series the Tudor Monastery Farming thingy? Keep longer than plums apparently
by FionaDowson
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 14931

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

I think the taborers soc have a meeting of the sober and temperance society in Gloucester every year. Some people even attend in costume :)
by FionaDowson
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: 10 century cooking
Replies: 2
Views: 5076

Re: 10 century cooking

There was a programme on Radio 4 some time ago about a Scandinavian cook book which gave recipes for puffins etc. Presumably they'd have eaten pretty much anything. Mind you, I do remember a conversation in the early 80s with an elderly chap, good old Norfolk boy, who could remember his mother makin...
by FionaDowson
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Blue podded 'Celtic' beans
Replies: 0
Views: 4185

Blue podded 'Celtic' beans

I have some beans which are, according to Garden Organic, called either celtic beans or horse beans. They are blue, look more like peas and grow in blue pods. Would anyone like a handful? I can post them to you if you promise to drop the equivalent amount of money for post in a charity collecting ti...
by FionaDowson
Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rucksacks
Replies: 1
Views: 2450

Rucksacks

Am I right in thinking that one of the ice bodies had a rucksack with a hazel frame, pretty much like a rucksack we'd recognise? Did everyone make a shoulder carry bag? Would children have always been carried like this (holding on to a chap's beard?) Thinking about walking the Icknield Way and wonde...
by FionaDowson
Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: West Midlands Crafter seeks stone-age to dark group
Replies: 6
Views: 3964

Re: West Midlands Crafter seeks stone-age to dark group

You could check out Stowacyn, the Friends of West Stow www.weststow.org or see the West Stow Anglo Saxon Village FB group. We have a whole village of recreated houses, a forge and bread oven. Stow is only just east of Cambridge, off the A11. Children tend to dress up, form an alliance with other chi...
by FionaDowson
Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Rambling On
Replies: 0
Views: 1869

Rambling On

http://www.ramblefest.com/

Does anyone do any long distance footpaths?

This looked quite useful
by FionaDowson
Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 24
Views: 18092

Re: learning anglo saxon.

The wonderful people at Uni of Calgary have provided a really useful site for learning Old English - www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/eduweb/engl401

I haven't found a way of getting the RealAudio links to work but for pronounciation there's loads of stuff on you tube

Big thanks to the lovely people in Canada :)
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 24
Views: 18092

Re: learning anglo saxon.

www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/eduweb/engl401

bit heavy on grammar but quite useful
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: bee skeps
Replies: 8
Views: 8339

Re: bee skeps

It's possible to make your own if you can locate old variety long wheat straw used by thatchers. Info (inevitably) on you tube. I used a crochet hook and the top of a cut down lemonade bottle instead of a cow horn. I also used jute twine rather than willow

Beowulf means honey hunter!
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Use of Naturally Black Wool in 400 - 1100 CE Britain
Replies: 6
Views: 4553

Re: Use of Naturally Black Wool in 400 - 1100 CE Britain

So, should Friar Tuck, as a friar (not a monk) wear grey rather than brown?

I've been catching up with the Child ballads on Liber Vox and in the old ballads he's a wonderfully eccentric fellow. Dear Brother Ranulph - are you a happy monk like our dear Friar Tuck? I can't imagine you as a glum chap
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: "Dark Age" Chairs?
Replies: 9
Views: 8894

Re: "Dark Age" Chairs?

A folding chair (pics look like directors chairs) was found at Prittlewell (Southend). Info on Wikipedia or watch the Time Team episode, 2004 on the Ch 4 website

Reproductions of this could be a gift to re-enactors as they'd fit in the boot of a car really easily
by FionaDowson
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Tent Posts
Replies: 13
Views: 11333

Re: Viking Tent Posts

http://www.warehamforge.ca/worldnorse/wnbondi.html

This chap is talking about sheepskin sleeping bags. Sounds cosy

Lurv and kisses to you too Neil
by FionaDowson
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: "Dark Age" Chairs?
Replies: 9
Views: 8894

Re: "Dark Age" Chairs?

ulti-pwww.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?MNF1012-Spong-Hill-Early-Saxon-cemetery-and-meriod-finds-and-features&Index=869&RecordCount=56542

Spong Hill man sits on a chair
Will send lovely Brother Ranulph a £50 note as soon as I've printed some more - worth his weight in gold :)
by FionaDowson
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: HELP!
Replies: 3
Views: 5183

Re: HELP!

Ic is often taken as being an East Anglian thing, as in Iceni, Icknield Way, villages like Icklingham