Chesterfield Borough Council will be hosting a virtual Medieval Fun Day next week, with talks and videos available throughout the day on the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page.
The virtual Medieval Fun Day will take place on Tuesday 28 July, the day when this ever-popular annual event had been due to be held in Chesterfield town centre. Unfortunately, this year’s event has been cancelled due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “I, know many people were disappointed to hear that the Medieval Fun Day had been cancelled but the museum team have worked hard to enable everyone to access a range of Fun Day activities online where people can learn more about Chesterfield’s history.”
The event will start with a video that looks back at previous Medieval Fun Days and all the exciting acts we have seen over the years including the roaring dragon and the unforgettable court jester.
Charlotte, who is part of our front of house team at the museum will talk about what life was like for people living in medieval Chesterfield and an actor playing the part of a medieval executioner has recorded a special video that will help people learn more about crime and punishment in medieval Chesterfield; how law breakers were burned, maimed and disembowelled, what the Scolds Bridle was used for and the dreaded ‘jig of death'.
Maria Barnes, who is one of the museum’s collections officers will also give a short talk on some of our medieval objects, including the fascinating history of the builder’s wheel that was used to construct the Church of St Mary and All Saints (Crooked Spire).
During previous Medieval Fun Days local re-enactors have set up camp in the churchyard. We will therefore be sharing some great pictures of the Thomas Stanley Retinue re-enactors, which will bring to life the various weapons and armour used in the medieval period.
As well as all these great talks we’ve also got a selection of brilliant craft activities put together by our partners at STEAMWORKS. These include guides to making a salt dough castle, model catapults, some fabulous golden goblets fit for any medieval monarch and a jesters’ hat.
There’s plenty to keep you entertained as activities are scheduled throughout the day so make sure you visit the Chesterfield Musuem Facebook page from 9.30am and join in the fun. All videos released as part of the Medieval Fun Day will stay on the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page for you to watch at your convenience.