Troubling times are ahead at Milton Keynes Museum, but it's all for your entertainment!
The museum prides itself on being a hands-on environment, but this May visitors will be able to get even closer to the past, with the return of the popular History Festival.
The living history weekend – running across the weekend of May 13 & 14 – will include Roman traders demonstrating their wares and selling goods, and a Roman artist who will be at work using the traditional methods employed in times past.
Visitors will be able to try archery, as practised in Medieval times, but will need to take care on site – because the Vikings will be in battle too!
Twelfth century historical re-enactment group Chanz Des Reis will be covering civilian, military and religious life during the Middle Ages, while a Civil War re-enactment group will recreate a dark period in the past that divided not just communities, but families...
And after checking in with our Tudor surgeon you'll thank your lucky stars that medicine has progressed. If you are a bit too fragile for that, enjoy Lucy the Tudor's hands-on display instead.
Unlike the surgeon's working space, this will be a leech-free zone!
The museum will also be welcoming the British Redcoats, the Queen's Regiment 1714, to show their manoeuvres.
It's a colourful, lively, engaging weekend taking you through the centuries and letting you get closer to our ancestors who were living, working, fighting and playing during key periods in this area's history.
Museum director Bill Griffiths says the fabulous family-friendly weekend is a taster of what can be expected when the museum expansion completes in 2018. “This area has played a significant role throughout many eras of history and we are looking forward to telling those stories in really exciting ways,” he said.
The museum is also inviting visitors to go wild on May 27 & 28 with its Look at Life weekend, a look at living history. Free attractions will include microscope safaris, pond dipping for mini beasts, rambles on the nature trail and demonstrations and identifications.
Standard admission prices apply – which will also give you FREE entry for the following 12 months when Gift Aid is given; adults £9, child £6, retired & unwaged £7. A family ticket (admitting two adults and up to four children) is £26.
More information about forthcoming events and expansion plans can be found on the website www.mkmuseum.org.uk