Early evening Friday 31st January was the Abbey 2020 launch celebration here at the museum.
The celebrations began with Abbey Museum Director, Edith Cuffe, speaking about illumination, and our mission of inspiring our patrons through an authentic medieval experience. Father George Cuffe, using only his flint and steel created sparks to produce an ember which he nursed into a flame which he used to light a candle. Exiting through the silent crowd holding his single candle Fr George then returned leading the noble Sir Justin Webb who, in his hands, bore a covered frame which he placed on an awaiting easel.
Displayed around the museum was a collection of framed photographs curated by Abbey Volunteer photographer Neda Lundie. The exhibition perfectly tells the story of the Abbey Medieval Festival and will be on display for the remainder of the week.
Delicious morsels of food, rustled up in the Abbey kitchen by award-winning chef Robert Allen Van Buerle, were accompanied by homemade punch, Amrita Park Meadery mead, traditional cider and beer were served. It was spectacular!