On books and new bloggers.

I’m excited! This is my very first blog for the Abbey Festival, so I think I should tell you a little bit about me, and why I’m here. I’m a recent graphic design/advertising graduate, and have a passion for history, typography, reading and (recently rediscovered) sewing! I’ve volunteered at the Museum because it’s my way of helping out, and the Festival is such an incredible event I couldn’t resist watching it come to life.

Now for the actual blog, instead of a blurb about me. I’ve decided to re-read the Tudor series by Phillippa Gregory, and still find myself spellbound by her writing. Whilst they may not be completely accurate historically or may portray people differently to how they were, Gregory is an amazing writer and can draw you deep into the world centred around Henry VIII and his court. It’s intriguing how after all these centuries we can make reasonably (or totally outlandish) guesses on how they behaved, what was said, who climbed over who to make it to the throne. We can never be totally sure that the records left behind are accurate, because the victors are the ones who write history. Taking these books as a semi-fiction work, based on real characters, means they are much more enjoyable then worrying about who said what or behaved how.

Reading such engrossing stories should be done in paperback, rather than as I’ve done on an e-book reader. Because the silly things go flat and there’s nothing to be done! What’s your favourite historical book?

OUR VOLUNTEERS – Heros of the Day

Every year the most amazing people come forward to volunteer as part the team for the Abbey Medieval Tournament and it is their involvement that makes this Festival the internationally-renowned event that it is today.

The numbers of volunteers required each year continues to grow with the 2012 event looking for over 200 helpers.  Many will be repeat helpers but we are always looking for fantastic people to come and join us, to be involved in an historic way of life for a weekend, to help our 25,000 visitors experience such an eye-opening weekend – to see how rope and furniture was made, to taste food and drinks of the day, to ‘oohh’ at the jousting and to ‘aahh’ at the Birds of Prey.

To volunteer, just complete our Online Volunteer Form and your information will come straight through to us, the Volunteer Co-ordinators,  and we’ll be in touch!!

Roles range from helping people at the gate, serving at the Banquet and being involved in the Kids Festival the week before.  You’ll even get a great costume to wear to help you feel like you’re really part of this ‘wiiiillld’ weekend experience.

Now that it is the New Year we are getting into the swing of things.  The logistics of sourcing 200+ people, allocating roles, finding food to feed the team (it might be a loaves & fishes type-meal!!  We’re hoping for the forever-filling baskets to come forward as budget is preeeeety tight!!) – all this seems pretty daunting at the moment but I’m sure Chrystle and I, as the volunteer co-ordinator team, will find ways and means to make this an unforgettable weekend (in the best possible way!!) for you all


Wishing all our past volunteers a wonderful 2012 and the same to any future volunteers out there reading our new post!!