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Medieval Mayhem – and toys – for Ipswich youngsters

HISTORY COMES ALIVE: Bonny and Matt Bartlett from Hands on History with Chev-ee Dyson, Cheyanne Haynes and Sarah Johnson dressed in medieval costumes for the upcoming holiday event next week.
HISTORY COMES ALIVE: Bonny and Matt Bartlett from Hands on History with Chev-ee Dyson, Cheyanne Haynes and Sarah Johnson dressed in medieval costumes for the upcoming holiday event next week. Sarah Harvey

SOME may wonder if Matt and Bonny Bartlett were born in the right era.

The Brisbane couple has a great love for anything medieval, and it shows. Over time, the pair has amassed a huge collection of medieval clothes, weapons and relics.

Ask them anything about that period in history and they will know the answer.

The history buffs are now bound for Ipswich to share their medieval knowledge - and toys - with Ipswich youngsters.

They will host a free, interactive workshop called Medieval Mayhem, to be held at Studio 188 this week.

"Our educational service is called Hands On History," Mr Bartlett said.

"The workshop aims to bring history to life by making it fun and stimulating for kids."

Those who attend will be given a taste of history with displays, live performances and hands-on activities.

Mr Barnes said he began his fascination with medieval history when the subject was covered in Year 6.

"I had a teacher who was really enthusiastic about it and even did medieval re-enactments as a hobby," he said.

"I myself got into re-enactments, which is where I met Bonny who shared my passion for history."

Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee chairperson councillor Charlie Pisasale said the event was both educational and entertaining.

Mr Pisasale said the workshop was one of numerous events organised to entertain Ipswich kids during the school holidays.

Medieval Mayhem will hold two sessions this Wednesday. The first workshop will run from 9am to 11am for kids aged five - 10 years.

It will be followed by a second workshop from 1pm to 3pm for kids aged 11 years and older.

Limited places are available and RSVP is essential via 3810 6655.

Odd Facts about The Middle Ages

  • People in the Middle Ages had spoons, and they had knives, but there were no forks. This contributed to much sickness since the hands were used considerably in the consumption of food
  • Disease was believed to be the consequence of sin
  • The term "coup de grace" comes from the death blow given to an opponent in jousting
  • Before becoming a knight, one had to serve at least seven years as a page and an additional seven as a squire.

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