Showing the life of a knight at the museum

Ian Pycroft with women  from U3A painting and printing flags inside Edgar's Farmhouse Pictures by Mark Westley ANL-150818-182139009
Ian Pycroft with women from U3A painting and printing flags inside Edgar's Farmhouse Pictures by Mark Westley ANL-150818-182139009
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From chain mailed knights to butter making, the Medieval world has come alive at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

Re-enactors from Black Knight Historical pitched their tent at the Stowmarket museum yesterday and today and will return next Wednesday and Thursday.

Re-enactor Molly Housego makes butter with Doreen Chapman  ANL-150818-182128009

Re-enactor Molly Housego makes butter with Doreen Chapman ANL-150818-182128009

Visitors were able to try cooking Medieval-style, beginning with lighting a fire with a flint and steel.

You bake off began with using a hand quern (mill stone)to grind the flour and you could also help make butter in period churns.

The re-enactors also showed visitors methods of painting which will be displayed in the museum’s own Medieval building, Edgar’s Farmhouse.

The farmhouse was first recorded at Combs in 1346 and was saved from demolition to become the first historic building moved to the museum in 1970. There are now 17 historic buildings there.

Ian Pycroft demonstrates Medieval arms and armour ANL-150818-182150009

Ian Pycroft demonstrates Medieval arms and armour ANL-150818-182150009

The museum suggests the re-enactors make ideal subjects for its My Museum Photography Competition for amateur photographers.

The Museum of East Anglian Life is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm and from 11am on Sundays.

Entry to the Black Knight Historical event is included in the museum’s standard admission.

Molly Housego helps Ellie, six, and Thomas Betts, four, make flour ANL-150818-182117009

Molly Housego helps Ellie, six, and Thomas Betts, four, make flour ANL-150818-182117009