History Festival, 13-14 May 2017

 The Vikings are coming – and a whole lot more trouble!

derek-barrettThe Vikings are coming to Milton Keynes Museum – and with them a whole heap of turmoil from other turbulent times in the nation’s past.

Invasion, civil war and the war of Spanish Succession all feature in almost two thousand years of living history at the Museum’s History Festival.

Taking place in May, the festival is a chance to see and join in with people living, working, fighting and playing during key periods in this area’s history.

Among this year’s attractions are:

  • Roman traders demonstrating early wax tablets and selling everything from jewellery to potions
  • Roman artist at work using colour pigments in the same way the Romans did
  • The Vikings are coming! You can join them in battle
  • Chanz Des Reis, a 12th century historical re-enactment group covering civilian, military and religious life in the Middle Ages
  • Have a go at archery as practised in Medieval times
  • The Oxford Household and Woodvilles, living as they would have done during the Wars of the Roses
  • Talk to a Tudor surgeon – if you have the stomach for it; or for a gentler introduction to the Tudors enjoy Lucy the Tudor’s hands-on display
  • Civil War re-enactment group, recreating a dark period that divided communities and even families
  • Watch British Redcoats, the Queen’s Regiment 1714,  in their colourful manoeuvres.
Tudor surgeon with leech

A leech should cure you…

All this and more is available with the Museum’s new annual season ticket providing you gift aid – with a £26 family ticket admitting two adults and up to four children as many times as they like over the next 12 months. Individual season tickets are £9 for adults, £6 for children and £7.50 for retired and unwaged.

MK Museum’s History Festival runs from 11am-4.30pm on both days, with all the usual Museum attractions also on offer to make a very full day out.

Said Director Bill Griffiths: “The Festival is a fantastic event for all ages but now we can also say it is a taster of what is to come when our expansion is complete in 2018. This area has played a significant role throughout many eras of history and we are looking forward to telling those stories in really exciting ways.”

photos by Derek Barrett

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