Clun plays host to the Barons’ revolt

Phillip Dunne MP officially opens the Barons' Revolt weekend

The sights and sounds of Norman Britain came to life when members of an historical re-enactment set up camp in the shadows of Clun castle during a scorching July weekend.

Organised by Clun Town Trust and the Dog Rose Trust, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Barons’ Revolt weekend at Clun’s Memorial Hall attracted visitors of all ages, keen to find out more about our Norman ancestors and try their hand at activities including spinning, weaving, woodturning, leatherworking and food preparation.

The event was officially opened by Philip Dunne MP, who started his visit to Clun at the Town Hall where he met Museum curator, Kent Tomey for a tour of the collection, before being escorted down the high street to the Memorial Hall by musicians playing authentic Norman instruments.

Commenting on the event, Mr Dunne, who also took a historical walking tour of Clun, said: “Clun has a wonderful rich local history and I very much enjoyed learning more about the village and its past by visiting the museum and was delighted to open festivities for the Barons’ Revolt weekend.”

As well as music from Squeake’s Noyse, visitors to the Memorial Hall took in a slide show of old postcards and photographs of Clun, (provided by David Evans) and were captivated by the drama of Norman battle re-enactments which saw knights in full battle dress brave the heat to fight for superiority.

Julia Ionides at the Dog Rose Trust, said: “We would like to thank members of the Conroi de Vey historical re-enactment group who were so generous with their knowledge of Norman society and culture, for really bringing the period to life for visitors young and old. Clun provided the perfect setting for the event which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a number of volunteers who all contributed to its success.

To find out more about the history of Clun, both ancient and modern, visit the village’s museum, in the Town Hall which is open to visitors on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Phillip Dunne MP (right) with Clun Museum Curator, Kent Tomey (Centre) and the Dog Rose Trust's Julia Ionides

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