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 items.
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
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 and discussion.
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. 30 minutes.
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. Click HERE
to get your FREE Paper Dolls.
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, word 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 is HERE