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Thegns of Mercia at the Museum Part Two

Today I visited the Thegns of Mercia in the learning centre to see what Anglo-Saxon goodies they had on offer to show me. I got a little over-excited at the weapons, but the creepy furs were still there…including one from a reindeer. I have included a cute photograph that I took of a reindeer, to show my sorrow…

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Did it make you go “awwwww”?

So anyway, back to the Saxons. They had a guy doing some runic writing, which was really interesting to watch- he was also dressed as a monk which made the experience even more authentic. There were instruments (which a talented girl dressed as an Anglo-Saxon was playing). I also saw a guy creating some protective armour from leather. The skill involved was great to watch and he was still finishing it after 18 months of working on it already!

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The leather armour.

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Detail from the armour.

I also enjoyed seeing all the different chainmail that they had (see photographs below).

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The weight of these is indescribable. I could hardly hold them, but then again I am a little weedy.

I also had a good look at the weapons such as the Seax. The detail on the blade was beautiful. This particular blade is Læwatan; a Wælseax inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard.

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I browsed the helmets that were on display too. I noticed that the children who visited really liked wearing them!

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So, another great day in the gallery, I loved seeing all the guys again- and also met some of the girls who are a part of the group too.

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I thought I would finish on this image- look at the fur!!!!! Just to add- all the furs are sustainably sourced 🙂

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