This exhibition tells the story of Harold's rise to the throne of England and investigates the growth of the legends surrounding his death. Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL Admission: Free
An event arranged by English Heritage will see a march undertaken on horseback and on foot, covering over 300 miles. The march will arrive via the Town Lock and on to the Waltham Abbey Gateway at approximately 5.15pm. Come and welcome the men at arms and their horses. An evening event will follow in the Cloisters area of the Abbey Gardens.
This is a very special year for Waltham Abbey's Medieval Festival as it's the 950th anniversary of the Coronation of King Harold, the three great battles of 1066 and King Harold's death. As our tribute to the last Anglo Saxon King of England, we shall have The Feudals with 11th century historical re-enactments and a living history village showing medieval life; the beautiful and amazing birds of prey from Coda Falconry; Trouvere Medieval Minstrels will be playing and singing Saxon and Norman music; an art exhibition on the 1066 theme by the town's primary schools; a craft fair; Morris dancers; archery; a music recital in the Abbey Church; and much more. At noon a procession of the costumed performers and traders will make its way from Epping Forest District Museum to the Abbey Churchyard where a flower placing ceremony will be held at the King Harold Memorial Stone. Abbey gardens, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ Admission: Adults £5; Senior Citizens £3; Accompanied Children free of charge.
Fun family drop in craft session inspired by the current exhibition. Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL Activity cost: £1.50
Create your own short comic strip to tell a graphic story of your own, drawing from our exhibition on King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry. Led by graphic novelist, Merlin Evans, this immersive session will demonstrate professional techniques inspired by the first ever graphic novel, the Bayeux Tapestry. Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL £8 per person, 7+ years Booking: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum or 01992 564226 (Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm)
Epping Forest District Museum is staying open late for its first Museums at Night. Join us for a medieval evening and dress up in medieval costumes, play period games and much more. Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL Admission: Free
This conference brings together subject experts to mark the 950th anniversary of the reign of King Harold. Speakers will include Simon Keynes, Elrington and Bosworth Professor in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Cambridge University, Dr Michael Lewis, Head of Portable Antiques and Treasure at the British Museum and Gail Owen-Crocker, Professor Emerita, and former Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture and Director of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies at The University of Manchester. Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DE Tickets: £20/£18 for Epping Forest District Museum members and students (including lunch, refreshments, evening drinks reception) Booking: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum or 01992 564226 (Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm)