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Time Travel at National Trust

July 28th, 2011 by
Categories: Special Events

Ever wanted to step inside Doctor Who’s Tardis and travel back in time?

On Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July travel back to three exciting periods in our history with the National Trust. Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire is reliving World War Two, Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk returns to the English Civil War, while Sutton Hoo in Suffolk is bringing tales of Anglo-Saxon times back to life.

At Anglesey’s Finest Hour the Home Guard will be on duty and looking for volunteers to go on parade. Look out for drill as well as bayonet and grenade practice. Winston Churchill will make appearances over the weekend to make rousing speeches. In addition there will be displays of military vehicles and the music, fashions, food and atmosphere of the 1940’s. Each day will conclude with an exciting battle skirmish.

Anglesey Abbey was one of many large country houses that were taken over for military use during the Second World War. The 2nd Battalion of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry and the East Riding’s Fortress Company of Royal Engineers were based there as well as nearly 400 local men from the Home Guard who used the estate for parades and exercises.

Oxburgh Hall, near Kings Lynn, is playing host to the 17th Century Life and Times re-enactment group for the popular event Defend the Hall. They will be taking a trip back to 1643 when a group of Royalists seized the seaport town of Kings Lynn. The owner of Oxburgh Hall Sir Henry Bedingfeld, a staunch Royalist, was involved and after a siege that lasted about three weeks, the town surrendered to the Earl of Manchester and then became a garrison for Parliamentary forces.

17th Century Life and Times will be portraying the arrival of Sir Henry from Lynn followed by an attack by Parliamentary forces, culminating in his arrest. It’s a colourful, noisy and exciting event. Visitors will also be able to chat with the opposing forces prior to the attack.

You can go even further back in time at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge with an Anglo-Saxon Encampment with Ealdfaeder. The weekend will be highlighting a special era in Suffolk’s history – the Anglo Saxon period which started after the Romans left in 410AD and before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Sutton Hoo is hosting an Anglo-Saxon camp where visitors will be able find out what life was like over a thousand years ago, see what food they ate, how it was cooked, how the Saxons lived and even how they slept.

There will be tales of life, war and warriors as well as the opportunity to handle the weapons of the time that were used in fights to protect their land. You might also be able to discover how the Saxons had the equivalent of a microwave oven!

Anglesey’s Finest Hour
Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 July, 10.30am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Defend the Hall
Saturday 30 & 31 July, 11am – 4pm

Anglo-Saxon Encampment with Ealdfaeder: Runes
Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July, 10.30 – 5pm

Normal National Trust admission charges apply to these events.

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