Century Artifact Study
The talk includes a "White Glove" hands on opportunity
with replicated and original pieces from my personal collection
of predominantly 14th century English pieces. It looks at the sizes,
weights and styles of dress accessories and sewing tools with modern
day comparisons as well as areas of wear and tear on these domestic
Linen Sheets: The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women
To whom could the medieval woman turn for reliable, up-to-date advice
on matters of sexual health, producing heirs, contraception and
her issues in the martial bed? What kind of advice was it? This
is a candid look at this very private subject and explores what
we know about sex from court documents and other private historical
sources! 45 minute duration. Please note: Adult themes.
Sewing Samples Interactive Display
An exciting opportunity for members of the public to see up close
original sewing items from the 14th century and compare them to
todays items and reproductions, including needles, pins and a selection
of thimbles. In addition to this, there are samples of sewing tools,
wools, woolen cloth and finished items of clothing which all may
be handled and examined! A fun Wool Guessing Game is included for
those who think they can tell what's modern and what's not!
Yourself In The Picture!
A fantastic chance for members of the
public to photograph themselves for free in a medieval dinner setting
on their own device- phone, tablet or camera! The upper class setting
is Hands-On (except for the knives) allowing the pewterware to be
tested for weight and gives the opportunity for questions about
food, cookery and tableware! Food is for display only.
century Cloth Button Making
This is available as a visual presentation and also a Hands-On workshop.
The cloth button-making workshops will give you the skills needed
to create the finishing touches to your medieval outfit or hood.
Easy to follow with the chance to take home your own button in the
workshops. 15-20 minutes
When medieval records talk about lace, they mean the kind of laces
that we use today for shoes. Braid or lace can be made by fingerlooping
or with a lucet.Lucet braid makes a four-sided square lace instead
of a round lace, which I find to be non-slip for clothing and drawstring
pouches- everything stay firmly laced in! This is a Hands-On workshop.
This talk takes a candid look at medieval medical beliefs associated
with menstruation and explores what medieval woman did at that certain
time of the month. This includes samples of potential substances
used and the results of road-testing them. 30 minutes duration.
Please note: Adult themes.
a Basic Medieval Gown
This presentation is aimed at the novice sewer and shows construction
and making techniques from laying the pattern out on the fabric,
a cutting guide and a slideshow with commentary showing how to make
a basic medieval gown based on the Bockstern finds, how it goes
together, the way to get it to fit well and the finishing techniques
to complete the garment. Display pieces are available for examination
This talk takes a look at the underclothes of the medieval woman-
did she wear a bra, pants, a corset? How about a chastity belt?
It includes information from artworks and archaeological finds.
This Cut & Colour activity features two styles of hand-drawn
and designed paper doll- a Noble Lady and a Working Class Woman.
The dolls come with labelled information on what the items of clothing
are called and are popular with ages 5 to 8, although older classes
and parents in Australia and overseas have also enjoyed this activity.
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These medieval activities are free to use and suitable for different
ages. Please read the Conditions of use. The work is all my own
and will be added to periodically with bookmark making, wor searches,
crosswords, colour-by-numbers and mazes etc. Click HERE
to get your FREE Kids Activities.
Century Tailor's Workshop
See a page of the 14th century Italian manuscript, Tacuinum Sanitatus,
come to life as each piece of the picture is faithfully recreated
with period sewing techniques. A close up look at the seperate pieces