Medieval Harewood, Sat 16–Sun 17 July 10.00–17.00

posted 14 Apr 2011, 10:27 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 14 Apr 2011, 10:28 ]
Medieval Harewood

County: West Yorkshire

Sat 16–Sun 17 July 10.00–17.00

Harewood is celebrating the Festival of British Archaeology by putting on an event called Medieval Harewood. In partnership with University of York and York Archaeological Trust we will be encouraging visitors to engage with the Medieval aspects of the site, including the recently excavated Medieval Manor Gawthorpe Hall. In addition to excavation interpretation and family activities across the weekend there will also be two days of re-enactments taking you through a journey in time…

Excavation site–Gawthorpe

Talks will be given by YAT experts involved in the excavation of Gawthorpe Manor Depending on what has been found there may be the possibility to try your hand at some finds processing or digging!

Adult Education

Medieval Harewood Walk and Talk
Be transported back in time…. to a period before Harewood House stood on this site. Enjoy the expertise of our guides and indulge your imagination on a tour around the site focusing on the Middle Ages.

Long before the construction of the now iconic Harewood House, the massive Harewood Estate consisted of a Medieval Manor – Gawthorpe Hall, the 14th-century Harewood castle and a 15th-century church . The University of York’s Archaeology department have been working to uncover the hidden history of Gawthorpe, excavating the site of the manor house on the south front between the lake and Harewood House. Our guides will take you on a tour to ignite your curiosity in Medieval Harewood.

This will include a visit to All Saint’s Church* to view some of the finest examples of Alabaster tombs in England. You will be fascinated by the “six pairs of effigies, intricately carved, and virtually without rival in England, provide a unique history of medieval armour and costume, and of the development of the art of alabaster carving for which England was famed throughout Europe.”

This tour will enthral novices and History enthusiasts alike.
This tour is outdoors so please wear suitable clothing, including good, comfortable shoes as some of the paths are unmade.
* subject to scheduled event conflicts

Illustrated Talk
A local expert in Medieval studies, Paul Sturtevant, will present on the topic of popular culture representations of the Middle Ages.
Suitable for 14+ years
Promises to be accessible, lively and fascinating.

Family Activities

A large scale event with an extremely entertaining combination of different Medieval displays, set around a visually stunning tented encampment of coloured pavilions and other period style tents, and ongoing activities including plenty of "have a go" opportunities for visitors.
a) Impressive living history encampment of approximately 60 pavilions and tents, many furnished and open for inspection, plus assorted ongoing activities including crafts and cooking over open fires.
b) Archery display and shooting of a stone throwing Trebuchet (siege engine).
c) Music & song duo playing at the joust and at other times. Based on an attractive medieval style wagon with awning and benches for the audience.
d) Children's puppet shows.

At All Saints Church

All Saints Church in Harewood’s grounds is part of the Churches Conservation Trust’s Collection and they will be celebrating Medieval Festival with us by inviting the York Cit Levy to provide a living history of the period.

The York City Levy is a group of experienced living history enthusiasts who portray the men, women and children of the second half of the 15th century, the period known today as the Wars of the Roses. As a living history society they aim to portray the men and women of York and the surrounding hundred known as The Ainsty. These would have been lower status and merchant class people who would be commissioned by law to fight for the City of York in times of need. Men are clothed in the City of York's colours; red and white and wear the badge of the Lybard (lybard being the ancient word for a 'leopard').

They will take part in a wide range of activities in the area around the church, many of which will encourage visitor participation. Activities can include:
Music and dance: both demonstrations of period music and dances and audience participation.
Mummers’ plays: a repertoire of these traditional folk plays which include such colourful characters as St George, the dragon and Bold Slasher.
Craft and industry: such as spinning, basket weaving, rope making, candle making, woodcarving and goldsmithing. Visitors are able to try several of these.
Games: a range of period games for visitors to try out, including slapcock and skittles, with explanations and demonstrations of each game as required.
Cookery: demonstrations of cooking of a wide variety of meals over an open fire.£9 Adults / £8 Senior / £5.50 Child / £6.10 Student / £29 Family (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)

Location: Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG.

The village of Harewood is centrally placed in Yorkshire at the junction of the A61/A659 on the Leeds/Harrogate road. Harewood has ample free parking.

We are situated:
7 miles from Leeds and Harrogate on the A61
5 miles from Wetherby and the A1
22 miles from York
9 miles from Leeds/Bradford airport
8 miles from the M1
You may wish to use a route planner–our postcode is LS17 9LG, although Sat Nav users are recommended to try LS17 9LQ as this will bring you straight to the main Archway entrance to Harewood off the A61.

Org: Harewood House Trust
Tel: 0113 2181000