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by Christabel
Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: New group, early 17th, Hereford - interested?
Replies: 0
Views: 2154

New group, early 17th, Hereford - interested?

We are setting up a small living history group to do a couple of events a year at the lovely Old House in Hereford city. http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/leisure/museums_galleries/2849.asp It's a late 16th/ early 17th timber-framed shop/house, now museum, which has got a good collection of period fur...
by Christabel
Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?
Replies: 14
Views: 4891

Re: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?

Hi all - it's a timber framed house in the centre of Hereford, status middle-class/wealthy trader, but now I've been able to read the plan behind it, I realise that it's not for a whole week, but for a Wednesday and Saturday. I'll post again when I've got more details, although what I was hoping for...
by Christabel
Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?
Replies: 14
Views: 4891

Re: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?

I think the person who's planned it isn't being prescriptive - there will be a Victorian Christmas event following on, so as long as it's not too close to the end of the 18th century anything would be acceptable.
by Christabel
Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?
Replies: 14
Views: 4891

Re: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?

Errr... forgot to say we're in Hereford...
by Christabel
Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?
Replies: 14
Views: 4891

Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?

Our museum's Visitor Service Manager is wondering about hiring Georgian reenactors to be based at a local property at Christmas for a week and doing some living history. I know it's not much notice, but are there any groups people can recommend? Especially if they don't have to travel very far? Than...
by Christabel
Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: verjuice
Replies: 20
Views: 17463

Re: verjuice

My crab apple juice pressed on Sunday is now fermenting away too ethusiastically. I've seen verjuice at 10%, but also seen it described as partially fermented. Should I stop it now (Wednesday) before it turns into a revolting cider? And how much salt would stop it? It's only 3/4 of a litre of juice ...
by Christabel
Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 10257

Re: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?

Has anyone noticed the changing fashions in eye brow shape? Sometimes it looks very weird if some-one has a really modern-looking style and yet wears a coif etc. I've decided too that for my next foray as a low status Tudor I really must trim my nails down, not least because it's horrible getting pa...
by Christabel
Thu May 13, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Myth(?) of Detachable Sleeves in Elizabethan Doublets.
Replies: 9
Views: 6123

Re: The Myth(?) of Detachable Sleeves in Elizabethan Doublets.

Thomas Lodge who wrote 'Wits Miserie' in 1596 described a countryman's 'holiday suit' consisting of a russet jacket, faced with red worsted, with a pair of blue camlet sleeves and a dozen pewter buttons, hose and stockings of grey kersey, large 'slop' breeches and a green bonnet. Could the sleeves b...
by Christabel
Sun May 09, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Small containers for materials, substances etc
Replies: 19
Views: 2860

Re: Small containers for materials, substances etc

I am not an expert, but old wine bottles doesn't sound right for Medieval - didn't they only decant wine into things like onion bottles in the 17th century?
by Christabel
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Girls, this one is for you!
Replies: 37
Views: 15263

Re: Girls, this one is for you!

Brilliant! I bet not very many of those survive. Can you take a picture? Even if it's later than the main period (!!) discussed, it's still fascinating.
by Christabel
Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Girls, this one is for you!
Replies: 37
Views: 15263

Re: Girls, this one is for you!

Given how much effort it required to clean clothing in history, I find it hard to believe that women would have been happy to let their clothes get stained by blood if they had an alternative.
by Christabel
Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Z's and gravestones???
Replies: 9
Views: 5241

Re: Z's and gravestones???

zzzz = eternal sleep?!!
by Christabel
Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Girls, this one is for you!
Replies: 37
Views: 15263

Re: Girls, this one is for you!

I remember reading sone-one's autobiography of a 1930s traumatic childhood and having to cope with unexplained puberty - she was simply given a fabric belt (she didn't describe the shape, but it must have been like a simple belt round the hips with another piece going under the crotch) to anchor cle...
by Christabel
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval Beans
Replies: 15
Views: 8515

Re: Medieval Beans

Thanks for this! My garden is nearly all clay. so it might be a good match.
by Christabel
Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Baskets
Replies: 1
Views: 2023

Re: Baskets

Hmm, just found a 1936 book 'Basketry through the Ages' by Bobart and Alistair Heseltine's 'Baskets and Basketmaking' for Shire.
Any other ideas?
by Christabel
Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Baskets
Replies: 1
Views: 2023

Baskets

Hi all, Apart from the marvellous Karen Larsdatter (http://larsdatter.com/baskets.htm) has anyone found much information on baskets? I'd like to know more about the equivilant of the plastic supermarket bag/laundry basket/storage/hencoop etc etc of Tudor times as I'm aware that there must be so many...
by Christabel
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Cauldron to cook in
Replies: 67
Views: 18335

Re: Cauldron to cook in

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Copper-shallow-ca ... 2c53ce145b

Does this have potential? I haven't worked out how big it is...
by Christabel
Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Carrying loads on top of your head
Replies: 16
Views: 5492

Re: Carrying loads on top of your head

I have, I did - I then married a very strong man. :D
by Christabel
Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Carrying loads on top of your head
Replies: 16
Views: 5492

Re: Carrying loads on top of your head

I wonder how people discovered they could carry loads on their heads. It's not the most obvious way of moving stuff.
by Christabel
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shoes for children
Replies: 9
Views: 2248

Re: Shoes for children

Thanks all - I have looked at all the links and have also found that this maker sells children's shoes for £14-20 if their feet are under UK size 1.

http://www.pilgrimshoes.co.uk/
by Christabel
Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Brrrr it's a bit cold out there...
Replies: 8
Views: 4275

Re: Brrrr it's a bit cold out there...

The Museum of London has a Tudor child's knitted vest, mittens and cap in their collection. I went on a red herring hunt trying to find out what a gaberdine was - as Caliban dives underneath his in The Tempest I wondered if it might be waterproof. But it seems that it was a long belted garment which...
by Christabel
Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Victorian Farm Christmas
Replies: 11
Views: 4882

Re: Victorian Farm Christmas

We have had lots of (sad) fun spotting when their 'Christmas' was filmed. 4 foot high nettles standing where the Christmas tree is felled, lots of green leaves on the trees when they go shopping in Ironbridge... Twelve days? Twelve months! Those Victorians knew how to party... :D
by Christabel
Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Dover Castle: A Time Team Special - TV
Replies: 11
Views: 3465

Re: Dover Castle: A Time Team Special - TV

I take your point, Robin, but if you're involved in a Time Team dig you soon realise that the finished programme has little to do with what really goes on and is more about the successful winning formula for easy and 'exciting' viewing. The archaeologists who really do the work rarely appear on came...
by Christabel
Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: How do you post pictures ?
Replies: 3
Views: 4515

Re: How do you post pictures ?

Thanks for telling me how to do this too - I didn't reply at the time as the posts had gone onto another subject, but 'i appreciated it. Haven't done it yet, though!! Must try...
by Christabel
Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shoes for children
Replies: 9
Views: 2248

Re: Shoes for children

Thanks very much. Sadly, it comes down to money - I'm loath to spend too much at this stage as I'm not sure whether the boys will take to it, and I only do a short event in the summer where most of the 'children' who have done it for years have grown up and gone to university! However, I don't want ...
by Christabel
Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shoes for children
Replies: 9
Views: 2248

Re: Shoes for children

Thanks, both. I have been trawling the internet up til now with not much success and was thinking about standard handmade/Moroccan/proper leather ballet pumps as an alternative. My boys would have killed me.
by Christabel
Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shoes for children
Replies: 9
Views: 2248

Shoes for children

Hi - what do people tend to do other than let children run around barefoot? I'd like to convince my boys to be Tudors on a farm site but don't want to stop and pick thorns out of their feet... I can't see anyone who makes children's shoes and there is probably a good reason for that. Or do groups op...
by Christabel
Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden boxes and mugs
Replies: 26
Views: 5902

Re: Wooden boxes and mugs

I mean, what the box was made from, not the marmalade!!
by Christabel
Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden boxes and mugs
Replies: 26
Views: 5902

Re: Wooden boxes and mugs

A kind food historian sent me a picture of a round wooden box very similar to the ones you can get Turkish delight in, from a 16th/17th picture of banquetting stuff, and it contained marmalade. It is not possible to say what this is made from, and I lack the savvy to get the picture on here...
by Christabel
Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: group - tapestry of music
Replies: 2
Views: 2537

Re: group - tapestry of music

Great, aren't they? We've booked them to do a Medieval Christmas at our museum!