This session uses packs of evidence to get the children thinking about what garments they would choose for a particular character.
Not only do they get to see the evidence - in illuminations from manuscripts, the written word, or grave-goods from Pagan burials - but they also get to feel, smell and try on reproduction clothes.
Usually, I split the group
into two teams, who each have a 'character' to dress.
As we do this, after having collected what we think are the right garments,
I give them their period names and some interesting facts. For
example: shoes were made from leather and each foot was the
same shape - only by wearing them did they become 'left' and 'right'.
Questions answered: What did ancient clothes look like? What were they made fom? Why did people have to wear certain items? Are they itchy, scratchy, smelly? Were clothes influenced by people's beliefs?