Weapons and War Family Fun Day at Kettering's Manor House Museum

Published: Wednesday, 11th January 2017

Come along to the Manor House Museum, Kettering on Saturday 21st January and meet characters from the Wars of the Roses. There is something for all the family at this free event, from 11am to 3pm.

Meet a knight and see how he got ready for war. Have a go a table top battle and see if you can beat the original commanders! Find out what people really ate in 1460 and how they laid their tables! See the Fletcher hard at work making arrows for the army’s longbows. Learn all about the Battle of Northampton and why it was so important.

Historian Mike Ingram will be giving a free talk from 2pm in the Alfred East Art Gallery about the 1460 Battle of Northampton and Medieval Northamptonshire. Mike is a published author and renowned Medieval expert.

Members of the Northampton Battlefield Society will be on hand throughout the day to tell you more about life during Medieval times and will also be launching a brand new educational game, ‘Northampton 1460’, which is based on the battle. The game will be on show at the event and will be available to buy.

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“If you’re looking to entertain the kids this January, look out for the Weapons and War Family Fun Day and the first chance to see a new historical game about the Wars of the Roses battle fought in the fields of nearby Delapre Abbey in 1460.”

Cllr Jan Smith, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Culture, said:

“Once again the Manor House Museum hosts an educational and fun event in Kettering, bringing local history to life. Be sure to attend the Weapons and War Family Fun Day and enjoy the talk from Historian Mike Ingram as well as the launch of the ‘Northampton 1460’ game.”