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. We can be Vikings, Anglo Saxons, medieval folk, Tudors, 1640s’ people or Luddites/Georgian. Just ask which period you want!
We probably offer more textile talks than anyone we know of, on the circuit. We are also happy to tailor something to your specific town, city or area, if you enquire.
Here’s what Durham Guild thought of our talk:
We also turn up the wool shows across the North of England, to demonstrate great wheel and other spinning and weaving crafts – often turning up in our 1811-ish ‘Luddite’ kit. If you’d like to book us to demo, do get in touch. If we can help you – we will.
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;
- Bronte textiles – all things Bronte, knitting and early 19thC fashion!
- 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 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 (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
York Guild – Their Darkest Materials talk
AUGUST 5th (MONDAY)
Their Darkest Materials talk, Association of Spinners’ Weavers and Dyers’ Guilds, Askham Bryan, York.
9th/10th (FRIDAY, SATURDAY), British Wool Show, Murton, York
31st (SATURDAY) Ganseys 101 Workshop, Nalbinding Beginners’ Workshop, Wool n’ Stuff, Wakefield. Book here:
21st SEPT Beamish Hands On History event – Luddites on the 1820s’ Farm!
OCT 5th and 6th (SATURDAY, SUNDAY)
Masham Sheep Fair – come and see the Luddites, in the Town Hall, Masham!
OCT 15th (TUESDAY)
Talk – Dringhouses’ W.I, York
8th DEC – ‘Their Darkest Materials’ – Whitby
14th DEC – ‘Ruskin’s Lakeland Linen Industry’ talk, Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Trust