Explore Hampshire’s Past with Renowned Historians at the Medieval Weekend

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Leading writers and historians have been lined up to talk at this year’s exciting Medieval Weekend being staged at River Hamble Country Park on July 15 and 16.

The talks, which will take place on Saturday, 15 July from 12pm to 2pm, form part of Road to Agincourt’s Medieval Weekend, a two-day festival to celebrate the launch of the Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu.

Headlined by Historian and Interpretation Consultant Dr Ian Friel, writer of such titles as The Good Ship (1995) and Henry V’s Navy (2015), the talks will explore topics relating to King Henry V and the Navy that dominated waters around 15th Century England.

The programme will kick off at 12pm with University of Southampton Humanities Lecturer Dr Craig Lambert examining ships and mariners in the hundred year war.

This will be followed by 3D Designer and archaeologist Grant Cox at 12:30pm, who will be talking through the process of designing 3D models of 15th-century ships. Grant was commissioned to create a 3D version of Henry V’s flagship Grace Dieu for the groundbreaking Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu.

At 1pm Dr Friel will explore the naval battle of the Chef de Caux, known by the English as Seynhed. His talk will be followed by a guided walk by the author at the site of the wreck of the Grace Dieu at 2.15pm.

A spokesperson for the Road to Agincourt Project said:

“We’re thrilled to have some of the leading experts on King Henry V and 15th-century naval power giving talks at this year’s Medieval Weekend to help celebrate the launch of the Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu.

“The insight that our three chosen writers and historians bring will help to give visitors a richer understanding of the capabilities of Henry V’s navy, whilst providing the perfect context to the launch of the Virtual Museum.”

The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu is an interactive virtual reality museum that explores King Henry V’s journey to the legendary Battle of Agincourt, in particular the role the navy played in the battle, and its impact on Hampshire. The museum is the culmination of the two-year Road to Agincourt Project marking the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, overseen by Eastleigh Borough Council in partnership with Heritage Lottery Fund, Agincourt 600 and University of Southampton

The FREE event takes place at River Hamble Country Park on the 15th & 16th July. Car parking charges may apply.

For more information, visit www.roadtoagincourt.co.uk/medieval-weekend-2017

For more information about the Virtual Museum, visit: www.gracedieumuseum.co.uk

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