Eanswythe and the Anglo-Saxons

Folkestone Museum and St Mary’s & St Eanswythe’s Church jointly present ‘Eanswythe and the Anglo-Saxons’ on the 11th & 12th September.

This weekend, which we hope to become an annual event, is a celebration of Folkestone’s Anglo-Saxon (410-1066AD) heritage, including its patron Saint St Eanswythe. The event is timed to coincide with St Eanswythe’s feast day, which falls on the 12th September every year. St Eanswythe is one of England’s earliest indigenous saints, a member of the Kentish Royal Dynasty, who helped introduce Christianity into the country by welcoming the Augustinian mission in the 5th Century. Eanswythe herself, born some forty years later was to figure in the establishment of Folkestone’ Anglo-Saxon minster and her remains, exceptionally, have stayed in the church dedicated to her, surviving Henry VIII’s Reformation and the break from the Roman Catholic Church in the 1530s.

Saturday 12th September

This is the focus for the historical aspects of the event, which will take place in both the Museum and St Mary’s & St Eanswythe’s Church. The locations and times are as follows (subject to availability):

11.00 (Church)              Welcome by Father John Walker
From 11.00 (Museum)  Anglo-Saxon storytelling and craft activities
11.15 (Church)              Coffee and cake
11.30 (Church)              Father John Walker – ‘St Eanswythe’s meditation practices’
12.15 (Church)              Craft stalls
Re-enactment by local groups taking place through the day in and around the Museum and Church
15.00 (Museum)           Dr Andrew Richardson - ‘St Eanswythe and Kentish Royal Burials’*
19:00 (Church)              Lunatraktors (click to follow link) ‘broken folk’ concert**

*This is a pay to enter lecture with tickets a £5.00 per person, please go to the Folkestone Museum Billetto webpage (click to follow link)
**The Lunatrakors concert is free but donations will be gratefully accepted

Sunday 12th September – St Eanswythe’s Day

A solemn Eucharist for St Eanswythe Day followed by coffee, wine and cake, given by Father John Walker in St Mary’s & St Eanswythe’s Church at 10.30am

This webpage will be kept up-to-date with any changes to the programme. For any other details please enquire at Folkestone Town Hall, St Mary’s & St Eanswythe’s Church or call 01303 257946.


Talk: Eanswythe Found

Eanswyth Found? Is a talk by Dr Andrew Richardson FSA of Canterbury Archaeological Trust - a specialist in the archaeology of the kingdom of Kent. Andrew wrote the method statement that helped secure the Faculty and is project managing the analysis of the relics for the Finding Eanswythe project.

Andrew is a specialist on metal small finds of all periods, he has considerable experience and a passion for community archaeology and in engaging people with the past and was a key figure in the excavations on the Roman villa at East Wear Bay ‘A Town Unearthed’.

Tickets are £5 per person, please click here to book


Talk: What did Anglo-Saxons use instead of plastic?

Sue Quadling will hold a fascinating hands on workshop and talk showing the materials used by Anglo-Saxons.
 
Sue has been a part of Dover Museum's education department for over 20 years maximising young peoples interaction and participation.
 
This event is a FREE drop-in event, no booking required. Part of Folkestone Museum British Science Week
 
Donations are gratefully received with a suggested donation of £2 or more per visit. There are three colourful donation boxes around the Museum for you to use.

Folkestone A.D. 600 – Anglo-Saxon Times

CSI: Folkestone - A British Science Week Special Event
 
As part of British Science Week we’re exploring textiles, jewellery making, wood working and costume as part of our wider week looking at our Anglo-Saxon Skeleton Aefre and Folkestone's patron saint St Eanswythe.
 
You’ll be able to see re-enactors portraying Anglo-Saxon life, the replicated clothes of St Eanswythe, spinning, weaving and dyeing, antler and bone carving with Wulfheodenas and Luta's Linen Chest. You can also take part in activities in the CSI: lab, looking the science behind archaeology.
 
This event is a FREE drop-in event, no booking required. Part of Folkestone Museum British Science Week
 
Donations are gratefully received with a suggested donation of £2 or more per visit. There are three colourful donation boxes around the Museum for you to use.

Roman Frescoes

Drop-in workshop exploring the Anglo-Saxon world through music and movement.
CSI: Laboratory - Ancient pigments & Roman frescoes.
 
This event is a FREE drop-in event, no booking required. Part of Folkestone Museum British Science Week
 
Donations are gratefully received with a suggested donation of £2 or more per visit. There are three colourful donation boxes around the Museum for you to use.

CSI: Folkestone - Our Diverse Heritage

A special talk by Dr Andrew Richardson of Canterbury Archaeological Trust on Anglo-Saxon identity and Folkestone's ancient links with the rest of world. Meanwhile in the CSI: lab learn about Anglo-Saxon Brooches.
 
This event is a FREE drop-in event, no booking required. Part of Folkestone Museum British Science Week
 
Donations are gratefully received with a suggested donation of £2 or more per visit. There are three colourful donation boxes around the Museum for you to use.

Framing the Famous

Photographer Terry Smith is in conversation with writer Diana Crampton. Terry Smith's career as a press photographer peaked in the 1980s when freelancing for several major U.S. publications - including Time and the New York Times.

This talk will be illustrated with 70 exclusive photographs of a wide range of luminaries of the period.

Tickets £4 (£3 for Friends). Includes refreshments. Pay at the door.  Please reserve a place in advance, email: friendsfolkmuseum@gmail.com


Samphire Hoe Stories - A talk by Steve Walker

Steve Walker of the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership will be telling some of the stories - funny and dramatic- that have happened over the years since Samphire Hoe was created.

Tickets £4 (£3 for Friends). Includes refreshments. Optional raffle £1 and a winners prize. Pay at the door or to reserve and hold a place in advance, email: friendsfolkmuseum@gmail.com


Talk: Apples and Poppies: Revisiting the End of World War I

A talk by Christopher Houghton Budd

Economic and monetary historian and local resident, Christopher has published several books on banking and economic affairs. His talk will consider the significance of World War I in terms of its impact on the youth at that time and for generations to come, especially as this affects Folkestone.

Tickets are £4 payable on the day.


Talk: Learning about Refugees: The School Bus Project

Jon O’Connor will talk about ‘The School Bus Project’, set up in 2015 by educators and other community members to ensure everyone has access to learning. Focussing on refugee learning provision, the School Bus Project has provided mobile learning to the migrants in Calais, where volunteer teachers have provided hundreds of people with fun and practical lessons.

Tickets £4 (£3 for Friends), payable on the door, Including refreshments. You can reserve your place in advance by emailing friendsfolkmuseum@gmail.com or contact Folkestone Museum for details.