World Museum’s Invaders – Anglo-Saxons and Vikings Workshop
This World Museum workshop will allow students the opportunity to examine and handle replica objects that have been made in the same way as the originals. Using their powers of deduction, students will become junior museum archaeologists to discover what the objects reveal about the people who lived in Britain more than 1000 years ago.
This workshop will look at four main topics:
- Everyday life. Students will match a selection of objects to everyday Viking or Anglo-Saxon tasks such as a tallow lamp with lighting the home; a bone needle with sewing or working with leather; a coin with trading; wooden and pottery bowls with eating.
- Materials. A detailed look at materials used to make objects the students will see in the Anglo-Saxon displays including, garnet, amethyst, quartz, iron, amber, bone and pottery.
- Weaving. Students will have a go at weaving and discover some of the plants that were used to make red, blue and yellow dyes.
- Clothing and armour. Students will feel the weight of chain mail, a sword, shield and helmet.
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