There’s a chance to enjoy medieval history at Goole Museum on Saturday, 13 April. From 10am to 3pm there will be talks and activities about medieval maps, bog bodies and the history of the land known as Inclesmoor.
The new exhibition Inclesmoor…The Mystery of the Bog (which opens on 13 April and runs until 15 June) has been researched by Goole Museum volunteers. It is based on a map from 1407 which now resides in the National Archives at Kew.
Curator Debbie Hardy said : “After finding a copy of this medieval map in the local history library, the original idea was to look at the history of the villages. Then we wanted to know who made the map and why? Amazingly, our research discovered bog bodies, early inhabitants and villainous medieval land owners, and there is still so much more to discover. Come and chat with museum volunteers and the experts on the opening day of the exhibition and find out more about the moor! “
On 13 April at 11am, visitors can meet the volunteers and hear some of the interesting facts and speculation discovered during their research.
At 11.30am, medieval map specialist Professor Paul Harvey will give a short talk on the subject.
At 12.30pm, Martina L.G. Conti from the University of York will tell visitors all they ever wanted to know about bog bodies. There is also a model bog body, plus interesting activities and games on the day.
At 1pm, there will be a short talk by Tricia Murphy about the Roman Amcotts Moor shoe found in 1747. When it was dug up it still contained a well preserved foot.
Another highlight of the new exhibition is the Inclesmoor Embroidery. The idea was to create a new version of the 1407 map, with the villages enlarged so the main features could be seen more easily. Since October 2018, the band of volunteer embroiderers have been stitching away to produce this work of textile art. It will be on display for the first time at the launch, with the project leader, Jill Hall from the Selby Embroiderer’s Guild, on hand to chat with visitors about this amazing work.
Debbie Hardy added : “This is a rare opportunity to see a Roman sandal dug up from the moor in 1747. There is also a replica bog body, but it is only on display until 8 May, so come early to avoid disappointment.”
Goole Museum, Carlisle Street, Goole, DN14 5DS
Telephone number: 01405 768963.
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Closed for lunch 12 noon to 12.30pm (Wednesdays 1.30 to 2pm)
Free admission and lift access
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