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Monday, 12 October 2015

Magna Carta Anniversary. Braintree Museum. Saturday 24 October 2015

Day of Medieval Marvels at Braintree District Museum
As part of our Magna Carta anniversary programme Braintree District Museum is pleased to be hosting a special Medieval event day on Saturday 24 October 2015 between 10am and 3pm.

The day has something for all ages, and we are very pleased to be welcoming Happening History, who will be bringing the medieval period to life with interactive armour and weaponry demonstrations.

Happening History Demonstrations

11:00am Arming the Knight

Watch our knight Sir Thomas prepare for battle. Learn more about the history and design of each piece of armour as his squire dresses Sir Thomas. After the demonstration visitors will have a unique opportunity to try on the armour – adult and children’s sizes are available so no one will miss out!

1:30pm Weaponry Demonstration

The Happening History experts will talk us through a range of medieval weaponry, and afterwards visitors will be given the chance to handle the replica items.

There will also be drop-in activities throughout the day including:

·         Medieval herb stall and workshop. Rebecca Ashbey from Cressing Temple will be exploring the herbs grown in medieval times and what they were

used for, and visitors can make their own free pomander perfumed ball to take home.
·         Historical timeline activity for children

·         Book signing with Andrew Summers and John Debenham, authors of ‘Magna

Carta in Essex’. Their new publication looks at the impact of the Essex barons on the events surrounding Magna Carta, and of the baronial war on the Essex landscape.

·         Information on the 13th Century local woolen industry with David Morgans from the University of Essex

·         Reconstruction artist Frank Gardiner will be on hand to sign prints of his stunning reconstruction painting of Castle Hedingham in 1215.

·         Magna Carta exhibition - The day also offers a great opportunity to visit our Magna Carta anniversary exhibition, which looks at the role of local baron Robert de Vere in the events of 1215 and explores the local area in the medieval period. A children’s trail is available for the exhibition, guiding young visitors round the interactive stations including a pottery handling area.

Staff will be on hand to provide more information about the exhibition, and will be getting dressed up in medieval costume - visitors are invited to come dressed up too if they wish!

Tickets for the day are £5 per child, or £15 as part of the Museum’s half term Kid’s Club, and £2.50 for adults. For further information or to book tickets please call 01376 328868 or email info

About Braintree Museum

Braintree District Museum conserves and celebrates the history of Braintree and its surrounding areas, focusing on the District’s industrial and cultural achievements and its many notable personalities. The Museum’s main galleries chart the history of the town from the prehistoric era up to the 21st century, focusing on Braintree’s archaeology, industry and craftsmanship. Exhibits include artifacts discovered in the local area a dedicated area for Crittall Windows and exhibits that focus on the importance of both the Courtauld and Warner textile firms. For more information visit and follow us @museumbraintree on Twitter and on Facebook.

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