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by FionaDowson
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Wipers Times
Replies: 0
Views: 614

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: 3246

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: 3246

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: 967

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: 967

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: 685

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: 683

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: 900

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: 1750

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: 5523

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: 812

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: 600

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: 1034

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: 1499

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

You could check out Stowacyn, the Friends of West Stow http://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 ot...
by FionaDowson
Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Rambling On
Replies: 0
Views: 674

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: 23
Views: 6815

Re: learning anglo saxon.

The wonderful people at Uni of Calgary have provided a really useful site for learning Old English - http://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 Ca...
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 23
Views: 6815

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: 2710

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: 1975

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: 2688

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: 3081

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: 2688

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: 1141

Re: HELP!

Ic is often taken as being an East Anglian thing, as in Iceni, Icknield Way, villages like Icklingham
by FionaDowson
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 16574

Re: Natural Dyes?

Woad is easy to grow, grows on nutrient poor soil but does self sow It's also easy to grow your own urine :) St Johns wort root is said to give red dye, the root being red. What did our ancestors mean by red? DId they mean scarlet or simply elastoplast pink? Madder is a bit tricky. Being native to T...
by FionaDowson
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Links and Resource Directory
Replies: 27
Views: 12125

Re: Links and Resource Directory

www.historicknit.co.uk

Useful info on military knits and a bit about George Mallory climbing Everest
by FionaDowson
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Rope making
Replies: 2
Views: 1166

Re: Rope making

http://genvieve.net/sca/whipcording-howto.html

This seems to be on the track. I wonder if it would be possible to do this with drop spindles to save the effort of winding thread from a spindle to a bobbin? Any ideas as to how far back this goes?
by FionaDowson
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dark Age Children's Toys
Replies: 5
Views: 1728

Re: Dark Age Children's Toys

Messing about on the net looking for stuff about rope making and something called schlenger (ow however it's spelt) I found a reference that viking cord making was still played as a children's game into the 1960s. You have a bobbin/spindle in each hand, suspended from a horizontal beam or a tree bra...
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Use of Naturally Black Wool in 400 - 1100 CE Britain
Replies: 6
Views: 1975

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

Penelope Walton Rogers has suggested that most of the fleece in the dark ages would have been brown or black as these would have been primitive breeds. Soays (Balmoral, Flag Fen, Tintagel) are a chocolate brown, Hebrideans are black. Of the sheep bones found at West Stow (430 to 650) it's not possib...
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1790s ensemble
Replies: 1
Views: 1009

Re: 1790s ensemble

Does anyone have any info on a less posh costume? I'm looking to be a poor widow knitting guernseys for the men in Nelson's navy. I gather that I can buy a knitting stick from Alison and Hughs handmade things. Any hints on a dress? Do I need a shawl? What type of cap should I have? Does anyone know ...
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop Spindles
Replies: 6
Views: 2007

Re: Drop Spindles

To learn with 2 old CDs or DVDs (you need 2 for the weight) held on a piece of dowel with tape will work fine. Or, if you want to be authentic, an apple will work but is a waste of good fruit Learning to spin with a drop spindle takes a little perseverance but it does just click, like riding a bicyc...

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