Symbel!

What life was like for the Anglo-Saxons living after England became Christianised.

After a short introduction, the group is splt into two; one group does wattle and daub for about 30 minutes, while the other does dressing up, then the groups swap over. For the final session we all meet up again.

Get Dressed
   Using a selection of archaeological, written and pictoral evidence the children are challenged to identify some reproduction garments to complete an outfit, which they can try on.

Repair the Hall
   To begin with, we look at different types of houses using photographs of reconstructed buildings and archaeological evidence. We encourage the participants to think about what buildings are made from and the tools that might have been used. One way of making strong insulating walls was by using wattle and daub - a clever system of covering a 'wattle' (a woven panel) with 'daub' (a mixture of chopped straw and clay). Our daub does not include any animal dung, though we explain the reasons why some experts think it should!

   We supply the hazel or willow 'wattle', straw and clay. Plus plastic floor covering.

Banquet

   To the music of the harp, the children enter the 'hall' where the tables are laid ready for the holy day feast. Servers will be chosen to serve seasonal and regional food to the guests. Pledges and boasts will be made and sealed with drinks from the 'mead-horn'.

This session requires access to and use of the dining hall where tables and chairs will need to be set out ready for the banquet. A plan will be provided for this.

Questions answered : Banquet - What does Anglo-Saxon music sound like? What foods did they eat and what does it taste like? Why did they eat certain food at certain times? Who was a banquet for and what was it's purpose? Why was it important? Why do some foods have more 'status' than others? Get Dressed - 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 peopl's beliefs? Repair the Hall - Did they put dung in the mix, and why? How is a wattle and daub wall made? What is it made from? How long does it last?

*Teachers resource pack available - 6 pages for an additional £2.00