Back to the Middle Ages Family Fun Day!

on Tuesday, 15 October 2019.

Our annual free family fun day is just around the corner, Saturday 2nd November, at the end of half term. Head over to see us between 10am-4pm and travel back to the Middle Ages!

At this year’s family fun day on Saturday 2nd November visitors can travel back in time to join the College of Chivalry and have a go at long bow archery and watch knights in training with Swindon-based Black Cat Archery. The medieval-themed day also features Wiltshire Scrapstore providing creative craft activities for all the family.

The annual event is a chance for families to see the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes at the History Centre and meet the experts – the archivists, archaeologists and conservators – who look after the county’s historic records and archaeology.

Visitors to the conservation labs – not normally open to the public – will be able to play detective using x-ray images to identify mystery objects and discover just how destructive bugs and pests can be to medieval documents.

The packed programme also includes living history exploring the lives of medieval women and the work of a barber surgeon, plus displays of rare documents, the story of Wiltshire’s lost medieval villages, and a chance to inspect grisly coroners’ records.

Refreshments will be available at the ever popular pop-up Heritage Café.

We'd love to see you there!


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