Living History at Kirton
21st July 2007, 11am to 5pm


In 2004 Kirton staged a Living History Day which proved to be very popular. So on the 21st July another Living History event will take place. As before it will be in and around St. Mary's and St. Martin's Church, Churchyard, a green glade beyond and the Church hall. It is going to be another exciting day, with lots of happenings.

Re-creation groups from Greek Warriors, Romans, Anglo Saxons, Essex Militia and Bronze age man who will demonstrate fire lighting methods. To tie in with a WW2 exhibit in the church, Lisa Meadows will have a display of WW2 rations and recipes. There will be Artisans including a Prehistoric Flint Knapper making flintheads for tools and his wife who makes cordage from nettles. Others include a herbalist, dyeing fleeces from natural resources, a potter, wood carver, stone mason, bee keeper, knotter / braider and others. During the day Musicians with period instruments will be wandering around the ground playing, Singers performing in the Church, also a troupe of actors will perform a Mummers Play, the contents of which will be in old and new styles. The Suffolk Horse Society will have a presence with a collection of memorabilia and Ray Hubbard answering questions about the Horses and playing his accordions.

Many attractions for children, from local school children dressed as Victorians playing Victorian games. A Brick making workshop will fascinate young people. Pottery tent where children can make their own replica pots, and in the Church, hands on Calligraphy and the art of Corn Dolly making. The church will also be home to exhibitions and displays, among the latter a wonderful show of models from a bygone age, an exhibition from the Suffolk Barge Research, a demonstration by a spinner/weaver. Felixstowe museum will have an interesting display and Felixstowe Library will be showing the founding of Felixstowe from Victorian days onwards. Bawdsey Radar and Trimley Heath Radar will bring in complementary displays showing how they operated in WW2.

The Church Hall exhibits featured 'The Finds Identification Service' from Bury St Edmunds with Faye Minter so bring in any artefacts that you would like to know more about. The Felixstowe Family History Society will show you how to trace your ancestors, the Ipswich Museum Conservators on looking after and restoring old documents etc. and the Suffolk Local History Council who do so much to preserve history of local areas. Local ladies will be demonstrating the old art of Patchwork and Quilting.

All day refreshments, morning Coffees, Ploughman's lunches, afternoon Cream teas and cold drinks were available in the hall and outside there was a super BBQ.

There was plentiful parking on the Village Green with transport to the site for the elderly and people with walking difficulties.