On Saturday we were at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston. The museum itself is a lovely little place, centrally located just outside the market square, and covers aspects of local town history. During school half term holidays, they held an event series called “Around the World in 80 Days,” which covered aspects of world history and culture, ranging from the cowboys of the Old West, to the Victorians, to ancient Egypt and India, and of course, the early medieval Silk Road.
We did things a little differently time. As the weather was not at all favourable, we set up indoors, and scheduled two timetabled talks in addition to our usual living history.
The first talk was a storytelling talk. We had a huge repertoire of stories to choose from, but really wanted stories that connected us with the history, culture, and customs of various Central Asian cities. We settled on 4 stories from various sites across early medieval Central Asia, the first being the famous story of the Princess with the Silkworm Headdress, and finishing with the story of Abrui, the King of Bukhara.
The second talk was a demonstration on armouring up, which our audience LOVED. Seeing a Sogdian knight armour up up close from plain clothes to maille and lamellar was quite a sight.