Women in Medieval History at Higgins – and a little mayhem too

Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

It looks like there will be a lot of fun stuff going on at Higgins again. I just got the latest events listings and in addition to the ongoing fun (Vikings and Armor demonstrations) they have a lot of extra fun planned. They’re having a ‘Malt & Mahem’ event (obviously not for the kids). They are also having a lot of special programs on topics of women in medieval history. Find out about Boudica (my personal favorite medieval chick) and Viking women.

If you have Girl Scouts in your family, make sure you check out the special programs listed below.

 


 

Malt & Mayhem – A Taste of Scotch and More
Dressed in full highland kilt, complete with bagpipes, Scottish comedian Sir Jeremy Bell highlights an entertaining evening at the Higgins. After hors d’oeuvres in the Great Hall, Sir Jeremy presents a Scotch tasting and then teaches the art of champagne sabering. Audience participation is always encouraged. Advance tickets only at www.higgins.org or call 508-853-6015.

Seating is limited.

Women in Medieval History Programs

 

Boudica
Hear the story of Queen Boudica, one of the great forgotten women of history and queen of England’s Iceni tribe.

Boudica led an army against the Roman Empire in Britain during the first century CE.

Women in Viking Times
Sat., Mar. 21 & 28, 12:30 pm

What did Viking women do when Viking men were off on raids?

A Viking warrior sets aside his weapons to discuss the softer side of Viking life.

Learn how Viking families lived and the role of women in Viking society.

Medieval Maidens for Junior Girl Scouts
Sat., Mar. 7, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

$17 for girls, $8 for adults

Junior Girl Scouts can earn one of the new Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Council’s Medieval Maidens Patches through museum tours and crafts.

Girls learn about medieval times beyond the tales of make-believe and discover true stories about the lives of women during this time in history.

Advance registration required. Call (508) 853-6015, ext 20 to register.

Medieval Maidens for Cadets and Senior Girl Scouts
Sun., Mar. 8, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$17 for girls, $8 for adults

 

Teen Girl Scouts can earn one of the new Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Council’s Medieval Maidens Patches in this workshop about medieval times beyond the tales of make-believe.

Girls discover true stories about women’s live thru tours of the museum and crafts. Advance registration required. Call (508) 853-6015, ext 20 to register.

Medieval Maidens for Brownie Girl Scouts

Sat. Mar. 28, 10 am – 12:30 pm

$17 for girls, $8 for adults

Visit Higgins Armory Museum and work towards one of the new Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Council’s Medieval Maidens Patches! The Middle Ages was the era of knights and fair ladies, princesses and castles. Come to the Higgins Armory Museum and learn about medieval times beyond the tales of make-believe and discover true stories about the lives of girls and women during this time in history. Tour the Museum, take part in a craft, and have fun while earning a badge! Advance registration required. (508) 853-6015, ext 20 to register.

 

Sunday Movie – Mulan

Sun, Mar. 29, 2 – 4 pm

Mulan, a high-spirited Chinese girl, learns that her aged father is to be called into service to fight the invading Mongols. Knowing that her father would not survive the rigors of war, Mulan disguises herself as a man and joins the Chinese Army in his place. Features the voices of Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong, and Harvey Fierstein. Rated G. 88 minutes.

 

Ongoing Museum Programs

Company of the Wolfe Argent

Sat. Mar. 7, 11:30 am & 2 pm

Representing a company of 15th century Burgundian men-at-arms, this group employs period clothing and weaponry to offer a lively glimpse of arms and armor, society, and daily life in the late Middle Ages.

 

Historic Combat Demonstration

Sat. Mar. 7, Mar. 21, 1 pm & 3 pm

The subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple are brought alive by Higgins Armory Sword Guild as they demonstrate the knightly arts in a recreation of a medieval combat school.

 

Live Arms and Armor Show

Sun., Mar. 8, 15, 22; 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm

This interactive program covers the history of armor, from its evolution as mail to plate armor to its disappearance, then modern reappearance on the battlefield. Volunteers from the audience may help with the demonstration.

 

14th Century Knight: Armor in Transition

Sat., Mar. 14, 12:30 pm

Why did knights change from using mail armor to plate? Why did it take nearly 150 years? These are just some of the questions answered in this program focusing on the evolution of knightly armor.

 

Legio III Cyrenaica Roman Legion

Sat., Mar. 14, 2 pm

Meet members of the famed Roman legion based in Egypt from 60-100 AD/CE, portrayed by a living history group. Learn about the Legion’s history, weapons, tactics and daily life in this engaging presentation.

 

Viking Warrior Presentation

Sat., Mar. 21, 2 pm

A dominant force in Europe for centuries, the Vikings still fascinate the contemporary world. Explore the culture, daily life, and military equipment of this legendary and fearsome society.

About the Higgins

The Higgins Armory Museum is the only American museum dedicated solely to the art of arms and armor. The museum’s 5,000 artifacts center on the arms and armor of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including comparable pieces from the ancient period and from around the world. The Higgins Armory Museum is located at 100 Barber Avenue; for more information, call 508/853-6015 or visit www.higgins.org.

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