Enjoy some Christmas fun as the Victorians did...at Elsecar Heritage Centre later this month.
Over the weekend of December 21 and 22, family activities will dominate the centre from 10am to 4pm, with juggling, Christmas cracker and pomander making, and pewter toy casting, all of which really capture the spirit of the Victorian period.
A brazier will be used to cast toy soldiers and farm animals in lead-free pewter (it once would have been lead). Victorian toys feature as part of the National Curriculum for history and help children understand more about childhood during the period.
After this will be a toy casting painting workshop. Once painted and dried, the cast toys can be taken home. There is a small charge of £2 per figure to cover costs of paint and materials.
Liquorice was extremely popular with Victorians and children will be able to help with the process of grinding and preparing the ingredients. The liquorice is not for public sale or consumption.
There is also candle making using beeswax, although tallow may be used in demonstrations. A period forge will be in operation and will produce various metal work of the period, and Victorian street entertainment will feature, in the form of a stilt-walking flower seller and musicians.
Period songs will be played on instruments including the hurdy gurdy, clarinets, pipe and tabor and percussion.
There will be a Christmas Craft Fair and a brass band will perform every Sunday until Christmas.
Visitors can also enjoy a new piece of work by Elsecar based artist David Walker-Barker, produced for Elsecar Heritage Centre, that will be shown on December 21.
It will take the form of a large scale projection on the Playmania building from 4pm. David has worked within an arts project which can be found at www.poly-technic.co.uk, to create this artwork.
He said: “The work has resulted from the collaboration between myself and retired coal miner Frank Burgin. The projected images have been compiled using the artworks of the artist and photographs from Frank Burgin’s extensive collection relating to the history of coal mining, especially in Elsecar, the Barnsley area and the Yorkshire region.
“Very little remains in South Yorkshire or indeed in the United Kingdom to remind us of this extensive and often contested industrial legacy, nor of the people who made up the coal mining communities or the men and women, boys and girls who laboured in that industry. The projection is a reminder and a celebration of the generations of pit folk who served this nation.”
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