Lindow Manchester


Half Term Activities – Lindow man

Last week was half term for schools in Manchester and Anna Bunney, Curator of Public Programmes at the Museum, arranged crafts and handling activities on the theme of Lindow Man. There were cut-out and colour in swords and shields, making miniature prehistoric axes, friendship bracelets and trying on replica Iron Age clothing.

Many of the curators were involved and I did a couple of sessions later on in the week.

I demonstrated the Iron Age clothes that were purchased thanks to the generosity of the Dorset Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund. They included tunics and trousers, dresses and cloaks in a range of garish patterns.They particularly appealed to children who enjoyed dressing up and looking at themselves in a mirror.

I explained how such clothing continued into the Roman period and that Lindow Man is likely to have worn similar clothes, although he seems to have gone into the bog naked. It was announced at this morning’s diary meeting that we had had about 400 visitors per day last week! This is likely to have been in response to marketing and publicity by the Museum.

It may also reflect the fact that in this time of financial austerity families are not going abroad but are staying at home and choosing to visit free attractions like the Museum. A number of Manchester venues had high visitor figures last week.

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