Easter at Colchester Museums

Easter celebrations started with a bang at Colchester Castle, with the opening of our Fenwick Treasure display case. Over the course of three evenings, we greeted more than 600 visitors to the Castle. I worked the public opening, running the object handling table. Visitors were encouraged to talk with me, whilst handling a collection of fascinating objects, including some beautiful Roman jewellery. This was a great success and, despite not knowing all the answers, I’d say I did a pretty good job!

On Wednesday a Medieval County Sheriff visited the Castle, holding several trials and handing down sentences. This was a very engaging way to learn about Medieval crime and punishment. The real life trial of the Cockerel who laid an egg (believed to be a Basilisk) was fascinating! Unfortunately for the Cockerel, he was found guilty and burnt at the stake.

crime and punishment

Last Thursday was Go Live! The amazing Impeyan, an animal encounter company, brought in an array of animals for the public to learn about and hold. This included a meerkat, a sugar glider, a toad (the size of a dinner plate) and a snake which I got a little bit to familiar with for comfort!

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