Abbey Museum Medieval Festival 2011 – part 1

In July we went to the Abbey Museum Medieval Tournament, a yearly event on the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane. I lived in a SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, a re-enactment society) household in Sydney, although I wasn’t a member, and it was fun to watch medieval sparring in the backyard on weekends. I was curious to see how such groups had progressed since then.

I’m also keen on archaeology and this kind of qualified – there’s an art and archaeology museum on the grounds. There wasn’t much non-human natural history, but I’ll start off with that and progress to human behaviour later.

Animals present were greyhounds (with a re-enactment group of ladies in period dress), horses (jousting), raptors and, of course, Homo ludens (‘playing man’).

Apprentice ‘falconer’ with Australian kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Falconry as a sport is illegal in Australia, but there’s a group that raises trains raptors for film and TV. I had a chance to see raptors close up, instead of, in the case of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), flashing by at a zillion miles and hour. I saw a wild peregrine once flying along the cliffs south of Sydney, and it went past faster than my head could turn. I saw it later flying more slowly, enabling me to identify it but still not take its photo.

Show and tell with peregrine falcon

I was not expecting to see a barn owl. We have them at our place but I don’t see them this close up. Lovely markings!

Trained barn owl

The rest of the photos are of humans in play mode … there were 37 re-enactment groups, and many members of the public had put a lot of effort into dressing up, too.

Ladies from the Age of Chivalry presenting their knights with favours

A squire and a lady help out a knight with his armour

That chainmail is heavy – if the knight falls over, the squire must rush out and help him up

Minstrels – the instrument on the left is a hurdy-gurdy

The Shuvani Romani re-enactment group danced for us

Suvani Rom women in their gorgeous costumes

The Director of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

Vikings on parade


Colourful banners – all costumes and accompanying items must be authentic to the period

Part 2 is here.

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