These Anglo-Saxons were simply Amazing - Family day at King’s Lynn Museum

Amazing Archaeology family day at Lynn Museum. Hannah Elfleet (4) enjoys some pottery with mum Clare Elfleet

Amazing Archaeology family day at Lynn Museum. Hannah Elfleet (4) enjoys some pottery with mum Clare Elfleet

Families took a step back in time on Saturday, when a visit to Lynn Museum let them discover Amazing Archaeology and become Iceni warriors.

The special family day was organised to celebrate the opening of a brand new exhibit, Constructing The Past, organised by Lottery-funded project Fenland Lives and Land, which will run until March 22.

The exhibition explores how our ancient ancestors used early technology and materials to create some quite amazing structures and artefacts. It also looks at early technologies, from pre-history to the medieval period.

The museum’s Amazing Archaeology day gave families a taste of these early technologies and artefacts, while giving them an opportunity to explore the exhibit.

Fenland project support worker, Ruth Farnan, said: “We were really happy, we had a steady flow of people all day long and we had great feedback from the families who came along.”

The event had plenty to keep families entertained, with the opportunity to watch a flintknapper in action, while others met a potter and had a go at creating their own Anglo-Saxon pottery to be painted and taken home.

Miss Farnan added: “We had a face-painter who came along and transformed the children into Iceni warriors, some with the swirly patterns and others were just blue. It was quite a sight.”

There was also a display of real Roman objects which visitors could learn about and handle throughout the day, and the chance to try your hand at bronze age braiding.

Miss Farnan said: “It was a busy day and we had something to keep all ages entertained. It was particularly nice to see different generations taking part, because we had lots of grandparents who came along.

“It was good to get a range of ages interested in the museum.”

On April 5, Lynn Museum will host another family day – The Vikings Are Coming, to celebrate the opening of another new exhibition, Living on Land and Water. Families will have the chance to meet a Viking warrior and a settler, with plenty of crafts and activities for children to do.

On May 24, another family day will welcome the Wild Fens exhibit to Lynn Museum.

For more information, call 01553 775001.




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