Abbey ‘Barn’ Museum Reopens This Weekend

A reminder that Kenilworth’s Abbey Museum and Heritage Centre, at The Barn, Abbey Fields, will re-open for the 2017 season on Easter Sunday 16th and Easter Monday 17th April from 2.30 to 4.30 pm and will remain open every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoon thereafter until the 17th September.

Admission is free – any donations are very welcome.

The projector screen in the Barn Museum & Heritage Centre
The projector screen in the Barn Museum & Heritage Centre

Come along and learn about Kenilworth’s past from the Bronze Age right up to the 20th century. There is also a detailed interpretation of Kenilworth Priory (later Abbey) with some beautifully carved and decorated stones and tiles on display which have been found during excavations of the site.

The interior of the Barn Museum & Heritage Centre
The interior of the Barn Museum & Heritage Centre
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KHAS Meeting on Monday April 10th

Dear KHAS Member,

A slightly earlier than usual reminder that there will be a KHAS meeting on Monday April 10th at 7.45pm, in the Senior Citizens’ Club at Abbey End.

Dr. Sylvia Pinches will be speaking to us on: “The True History of Maria Home, Housekeeper to the Earls of Warwick”. Mrs Home was housekeeper at Warwick Castle for nearly 60 years, and when she died in 1834 she left over £20,000. Find out how she made this money and something of the lives of servants in great households.

Maria Home, Housekeeper to the Earls of Warwick
Maria Home, Housekeeper to the Earls of Warwick (Image Source: Royal Spa Centre)

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Geoff Whiteman


Secretary,
Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society (KHAS)

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Details of Forthcoming Events

The Abbey ‘Barn’ Museum

The Abbey Barn
The Abbey Barn

Kenilworth’s Abbey Museum and Heritage Centre, at The Barn, Abbey Fields, will re-open for the 2017 season on Easter Sunday 16th and Easter Monday 17th April from 2.30 to 4.30 pm and will remain open every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoon thereafter until the 17th September.

Admission is free – any donations are very welcome.

Come along and learn about Kenilworth’s past from the Bronze Age right up to the 20th century. There is also a detailed interpretation of Kenilworth Priory (later Abbey) with some beautifully carved and decorated stones and tiles on display which have been found during excavations of the site.

 


Free Guided Walk of Kenilworth Abbey Ruins – SATURDAY 30th JULY 2017

Members of KHAS will be hosting a free guided walk of the Kenilworth Abbey ruins in support of the CBA’s Festival of Archaeology 2017 and talking about archaeological excavations which have taken place there.

Festival of Archaeology 2017
Festival of Archaeology 2017

Take a walk back in time to when Kenilworth’s St. Mary’s Priory (later Abbey) was one of the wealthiest and most prestigious Augustinian houses in the Midlands. Hear about the men who lived here, what their lives were like and what happened to them and their once beautiful buildings. Learn about the archaeological excavations which have taken place at the Abbey and see some of the items discovered now on display in the Abbey Museum & Heritage Centre.

The walk will commence at 3 pm and lasts approximately one hour. We will meet outside the Abbey Museum & Heritage Centre at The Barn, Abbey Fields, Kenilworth (just beyond the children’s play area).

 


Heritage Open Days 2017

FREE GUIDED WALK OF KENILWORTH ABBEY RUINS ON SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2017

Kenilworth Abbey Museum & Heritage Centre at The Barn, Abbey Fields, will be open both Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September between 2.30 and 4.30pm and on Saturday 9th there will also be a free guided walk of the Abbey ruins at 3pm in support of Heritage Open Days.

If you have ever wondered who built Kenilworth Abbey, why it is sometimes called a Priory, what it looked like, who lived there and why it is now a ruin then do come along and join your KHAS guides on 9th September.

Buck Engraving of St Mary's Abbey, Kenilworth
Kenilworth Priory ruins as they appeared in 1729, in an engraving by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck

We will meet outside the Museum & Heritage Centre (just beyond the children’s play area) at 3 pm.

 


Private Group visits to the Museum & Heritage Centre and Guided Walks

Private Group visits to the Museum & Heritage Centre and Guided Walks of Kenilworth Abbey Ruins and ‘old’ Kenilworth (High Street, Castle Hill, Castle Green) are available by prior arrangement between Easter and mid-September. Please contact ku.oc1493067429.sahk1493067429@nimd1493067429a1493067429 for further information.

 

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KHAS AGM on February 13th

Dear KHAS Member,

Just to remind you that the Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday February 13th at 7.45pm in the Senior Citizens’ Club at Abbey End. This will be followed by a talk from our Webmaster, Chris Blunt, about “KHAS on the Web”.

Members are also reminded that Annual Subscriptions fall due at the AGM, at a cost of £10 for individual members and £15 for couples. Anthony Manning will be pleased to receive subscriptions on Monday, either before or after the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you.

Best regards,

Geoff Whiteman.


Secretary,
Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society (KHAS)

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KHAS Meeting – Monday November 14th at 7:45pm

Dear KHAS Member,
Just a reminder that there will be a KHAS meeting tonight (Monday November 14th) at 7.45pm, in the Senior Citizens’ Club at Abbey End.  Anne Langley will be speaking to us on “Bertie Greatheed’s 18th Century Grand Tour of Europe”.
Bertie Geatheed by John Jackson, 1821
Bertie Geatheed by John Jackson, 1821
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Best regards,
Geoff Whiteman
Secretary,
Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society (KHAS)
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Kenilworth Through the Ages – Free Talks at Kenilworth Library

There will be a series of free talks on Kenilworth Through the Ages at Kenilworth Library:

  • Kenilworth 100 years Ago by Sue Tall, on Tuesday 20th September at 7:00pm
  • War and Worship, Castle and Church by Jan Cooper, on Monday 31st October at 7:00pm
  • The Railways of Kenilworth by Robin Leach, on Tuesday 22nd November at 7:00pm

Tickets will be available at www.eventbrite.co.uk and at Kenilworth Library.

Talks at Kenilworth Library

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Dictum of Kenilworth copy on display at the Barn Museum

Sunday 4th, Saturday the 10th and Sunday 11th of September will be the final three opening days of the season for the Barn Museum and Heritage Centre in Abbey Fields. On these three days a copy of the Dictum of Kenilworth will be on display so that you can get up close to the text that helped shape our democracy.

Dictum of Kenilworth
The Dictum of Kenilworth, dated 30th October 1266

The Dictum of Kenilworth was, in essence, a peace treaty with the rebels following the death of Simon de Montfort. The document marks the end of the reform movement and the restoration of royal power, although many of the reforms passed by Simon de Montfort were accepted by the king.

In November 1267, clauses from the Dictum of Kenilworth were incorporated into the Statute of Marlborough, which is still today the the oldest piece of statute law in the United Kingdom that has not yet been repealed.

The original Dictum manuscript is now held by the National Archives in a collection known as the Book of Statutes and Formulary book of writs. The National Archives rather colourfully records its creator as being the ‘Exchequer, and its related bodies, with those of the Office of First Fruits and Tenths, and the Court of Augmentations’.

Following its appearance in the Abbey Barn on the dates shown above, this display copy will be touring the schools of the area to educate the next generation on its realm shaping significance.

More information can be found on this remarkable document here.

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Free Guided Walk of the Abbey – 10th September

Heritage Open Days 2016

Kenilworth Abbey ‘Barn’ Museum & Heritage Centre open both Saturday and Sunday 10th & 11th September 2.30 to 4.30 pm. On Saturday 10th there will also be a free guided walk of the Abbey ruins at 3pm.

The Abbey Barn
The Abbey Barn

If you have ever wondered who built Kenilworth Abbey, why it is sometimes called a Priory, what it looked like, who lived there and why it is now a ruin then do come along and joint our free guided walk.

Buck Engraving of St Mary's Abbey, Kenilworth
Kenilworth Priory ruins as they appeared in 1729, in an engraving by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck (image source: English Heritage)

Meet outside the Museum & Heritage Centre, Abbey Fields (just beyond children’s play area).

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Medieval Fare on Abbey Fields – Saturday 27th August

Medieval Fare – August Bank Holiday Weeekend Commemorative Events

Saturday 27th August – Medieval Fare on Abbey Fields – Meet King Henry  III, see the Dictum of Kenilworth and lots more. Visit the Kenilworth 750 website or the Kenilworth Web website for full details.

The Summer of Siege at Kenilworh Castle
The Summer of Siege at Kenilworh Castle

The Abbey Museum and Heritage Centre will be open from 1030 to 4.30 pm on the Saturday and again on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

The Abbey Barn
The Abbey Barn

English Heritage are staging a re-enactment of the Siege at the castle on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th, see English Heritage website for details.

English Heritage Mediaeval Fare
Image Source: English Heritage

 

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Free Guided Walk of Kenilworth Abbey – 31st July

Free Guided Walk – 31st July 2016

Festival of Archaeology 2016

A reminder: On 31st July 2016 KHAS members will be hosting a free guided walk of  Kenilworth Abbey ruins in support of the CBA’s Festival of Archaeology 2016.

KHAS Events for 2016
Council for British Archaeology (CBA)

Take a walk back in time to when Kenilworth’s St. Mary’s Priory, later Abbey, was one of the wealthiest and most prestigious Augustinian houses in the Midlands. Hear about the men who lived here, what their lives were like and what happened to them and their beautiful buildings.

2016 is the 750th anniversary of the Great Siege of Kenilworth. In 1266 King Henry III (the Priory’s Royal patron) spent six months besieging Kenilworth Castle. Hear how this momentous event affected the Priory and its Canons.

The Abbey Barn
The Abbey Barn

The walk will commence at 3pm and lasts about one hour. We will meet outside the Abbey ‘Barn’ Museum and Heritage Centre on Abbey Fields, Kenilworth.

Jan Cooper
Chairman, KHAS.

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Our Warwickshire at Kenilworth Library – 26th April

There will be an open event at Kenilworth Library on Tuesday 26th April (10 am to 3 pm) to share the Our Warwickshire website ourwarwickshire.org.uk.

Local residents are invited to come along and share their memories of living in the town and surrounding area; and also to bring old photographs to scan and add to the site.

Our Warwickshire flyer
Our Warwickshire flyer
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Heritage Open Days 2016

Kenilworth Abbey ‘Barn’ Museum & Heritage Centre open both Saturday and Sunday 10th & 11th September 2.30 to 4.30 pm. On Saturday 10th there will also be a free guided walk of the Abbey ruins at 3pm.

The Abbey Barn
The Abbey Barn

If you have ever wondered who built Kenilworth Abbey, why it is sometimes called a Priory, what it looked like, who lived there and why it is now a ruin then do come along and joint our free guided walk.

Buck Engraving of St Mary's Abbey, Kenilworth
Kenilworth Priory ruins as they appeared in 1729, in an engraving by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck (image source: English Heritage)

Meet outside the Museum & Heritage Centre, Abbey Fields (just beyond children’s play area).

 

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Forthcoming Events for 2016

Details of KHAS events for 2016

Festival of Archaeology 2016

On 31st July 2016 KHAS members will be hosting a free guided walk of  Kenilworth Abbey ruins in support of the CBA’s Festival of Archaeology 2016.

KHAS Events for 2016
Council for British Archaeology (CBA)

Take a walk back in time to when Kenilworth’s St. Mary’s Priory, later Abbey, was one of the wealthiest and most prestigious Augustinian houses in the Midlands. Hear about the men who lived here, what their lives were like and what happened to them and their beautiful buildings.

The Great Siege of Kenilworth 1266 - 2016 (750 years)
The Great Siege of Kenilworth 1266 – 2016 (750 years)

2016 is the 750th anniversary of the Great Siege of Kenilworth. In 1266 King Henry III (the Priory’s Royal patron) spent six months besieging Kenilworth Castle. Hear how this momentous event affected the Priory and its Canons.

The walk will commence at 3pm and lasts about one hour. We will meet outside the Abbey ‘Barn’ Museum and Heritage Centre on Abbey Fields, Kenilworth.

Jan Cooper
Chairman, KHAS.

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