workshop is suitable as a space- / time-filling activity which can
be hosted by a teacher / helper, if included in a half or whole
The board-games are hand-crafted and decorated. (They are available for sale).
In detail we look at the evidence for board-games, which includes archaeological finds of pieces (and in rare circumstances parts of boards) and references in literature, including manuscript illustrations.
We split into pairs and each pair is given a board with pieces and a laminated rule sheet. The games range from very simple 'solitaire' type games to the more complicated tæfl games thought to be the fore-runner of modern chess. The rules are easy to follow and fully illustrated.
Questions answered: What were the games made from? How were they played? Did people have time to play games?