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Art, Angel & Armour
An Anglo-Saxon Afternoon with Professor Michelle Brown
A glorious Saturday saw me in Cleethorpes, not just for the weather but for another event organized by The Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage

Arriving at St Peter’s church at 2pm I was both heartened and amazed - it was packed !
The news is surely getting about just how good these events are, I know of course as I went to the Luttrell Psalter one as I did the spectacular WWI Memorial Day and can you imagine me missing The Roaring 20s Tea Party ?!

The Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage have set the bar high, as can be seen above, so I’m not surprised all their hard word has been rewarded with such support and once again they well and truly gave us a superb historical afternoon.
They’d once again managed to secure the services of the highly respected Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscripts Prof Michelle Brown from London university to give us a talk on Anglo-Saxon Mercia.

Obviously I’d be more than a little keen on anything Saxon related here in Lincolnshire so I was riveted and . . . not disappointed.
Absolutely fascinating, well presented, a great setting and Professor Brown clearly has a tremendous grasp of her subject but manages to deliver a lot of interesting information without it feeling ‘dry’ and lecture like.

The afternoon was greatly enhanced by the now ritual stunning display of homemade cakes and tea with all proceeds going to Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage to help with other events planned - all of which take some putting together so please do support them.

As previously the whole thing was topped off by The Ladies who organized the event and all those helping with the refreshments all being in period style costume, see the ever wonderful Chrissie above - it’s absolutely wonderful, I cannot recommend these afternoons highly enough and we’re so lucky in this area that people such as the Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage give so much of their time and effort over to these projects for us to enjoy my heartfelt thanks to them for bringing some culture to town!

Another great day in Lincolnshire Mercia
All the best,


  1. V said,

    April 14, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Living history is my livelihood and I would like to say that I am always really impressed by the outfits that the ladies at this place wear. They are always absolutely spot on! And I am very particular about accuracy in my line of work.

    I have seen people turn up to Tudor events in Victorian styles and Vikings in the wrong helmets. But I can never fault the ladies above Rod. Superb. Their attention to detail is remarkable.

  2. Rod said,

    April 14, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    that’s high praise coming from somebody who knows, very much appreciated I’m sure
    They do a fantastic job, wonderful people

  3. ANN REAVEY said,

    April 15, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Hello Rod and friends,

    On behalf of Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage, may a say a big thank you for your kind comments and also we are so pleased you enjoyed the afternoon. We are hoping to have Prof. Brown return to Cleethorpes next year and talk to us on another of her Medieval subjects. We will of course keep you all advised, when a definite date is arranged.

    We also hope you will all join us again on Saturday the 25th May, at the Memorial Hall, Cleethorpes, when we will be entertained by ‘Lord Burgh’s Retinue’. These people are usually based and Gainsborough Old Hall and show a great range of armour, equipment and cooking from the era of the War of the Roses, which I am sure will be a great day for all ages.

    Again many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you again in May.

    Kindest regards,
    Ann Reavey, Chair, F.O.C.H.

  4. Rod said,

    April 15, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    my pleasure and my thanks again for all your work, it’s really appreciated.

    To All
    Saturday the 25th May, at the Memorial Hall

    This looks to be a cracker, more information in Ann’s comment above, amke a note and be there!

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