We are already taking bookings for talks and workshops in 2019 and next year’s Diary for Talks is filling up nicely, although at the time of writing, we still have slots left. We also have some gaps later in 2018, and so, this year, are happy to be fill in guest speakers, at the drop of a hat, if your Group’s speaker has dropped out at the last minute – just email us.
We have presented talks or done Living History all over the UK since 1980, when Pen was involved in the UK’s first ever Living History project. Most recently, we have talked across Yorkshire, as well as in Scotland, Northumbria, Cumbria, and Lincolnshire and are happy to travel to Guilds, Women’s Institutes, Townswomen’s Guilds, Local and Family History Societies, all over the UK.
TALKS AND WORKSHOPS
Our talks are lively, interactive and very show-and-tell. Talks/workshops include:
- Their Dark Materials – 18thC and 19thC Textile-related Yorkshire Tales of Murder & Mayhem, Prisons, Workhouses, and Charity Schools – spinning and knitting history in this one, based on Pen’s upcoming book;
- Yorkshire Textile History, Romans – Victorians (we cover wool, flax, dyes, teasels, changing technologies)
- Portuguese Knitting – hands-on how to
- Inside the Medieval Woolhouse – Spinning, and Weaving in Medieval Monasteries;
- Yorkshire Ganseys – inland and coastal
- History of Handspinning – from Spindle to Spinning Jenny
- Old Hand-Knitters of the Dales
- Nalbinding (“Viking Knitting”) History, and how-to
- Viking/Anglo Saxon Textile Arts – includes braid weaving, vertical loom weaving, natural dyeing, spinning, nalbinding
- Great Wheel Spinning and the English Longdraw
- The Women’s Land Army – Knitting and Life in World War 2
We can also develop and deliver a talk tailored to your group’s requirements. Email for prices and more info.
We offer one to one tuition offered in your own home or at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming on a date and at a time to suit you, in:
- handspinning, including Great Wheel and English longdraw,any type of saxony wheel, or hand-spindles
- Portuguese Knitting,
- inkle braid weaving
- natural dyeing
- gansey design and knitting
Pen is a qualified teacher (University of Birmingham) and a certified workshop enabler (Anti-Defamation League teacher’s certification in workshop enabling, specialising in diversity and special educational needs, University of Northern Colorado), so you can be confident you will be learning with a professional teacher who can find your personal learning style, and teach accordingly. David is a qualified Teaching Assistant (York College) and professional Historical Interpreter with many years’ experience. Both are experienced working with children and adults with Special Needs.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, if you’re interested in one of our talks ,one to one tuition or workshops. We are also happy to run workshops for guilds and groups.
This year’s events:
TUESDAY 8th MAY, 10 AM
SELBY TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM
Selby Family History Society
Talk: Selby’s Textile History
Mr Hunt and Ms Hemingway will be in attendance, with diverse artefacts and an illuminated talk.
SATURDAY 2nd JUNE, 10AM – 5 PM
ARMLEY MILLS, LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM
Mr Hunt and Ms Hemingway will be in attendance, in the Weaver’s Cottage, with their Great Wheel and ‘Old Enoch’, their mill gig (machine) -smashing hammer. Come along and swear the Luddites’ Oath.
SATURDAY 16th JUNE, 10 AM – 4PM
DURHAM GUILD OF WEAVERS, SPINNERS and DYERS
St Oswald’s Church Institute, Church St, Durham City
Talk and demo: Great Wheels
SATURDAY 14th and SUNDAY 15th JULY
GRASSINGTON TOWN HALL EXHIBITION 10AM – 4PM
Life in Upper Wharfdale, 1918
Dales Knitting History. Mr Hunt and Ms Hemingway will be in attendance as Old Hand-Knitters of the Dales.
FRIDAY 10th AUGUST 10AM – 5PM, SATURDAY 11th AUGUST 2018 10AM – 4PM
BRITISH WOOL SHOW
Mr Hunt and Ms Hemingway will be in attendance with their Great Wheel and diverse artefacts relating to Yorkshire’s illustrious textile history.
SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER, SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER, 2018
Yorkshire’s most prestigious and traditional fair. We’ll be demonstrating the Great Wheel and possibly, if you’re lucky, our Chair Wheel. Also displaying our natural dyed wool and proving that historical dyes weren’t sludgy khakis and buffs, but bright and vivid!