ZOOM TALK: The Piers of Weston-super-Mare

Date: 6th August 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Online

This ticket is to view the talk online over Zoom. Please buy one ticket per device. The viewing link will be sent out at least 1 hour before the start time. 

We are delighted to welcome back Carole Darling to The Barn for another fascinating talk, this time about The Piers of Weston-super-Mare.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

Talk: The Piers of Weston-super-Mare

Date: 6th August 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

We are delighted to welcome back Carole Darling to The Barn for another fascinating talk, this time about The Piers of Weston-super-Mare.

Refreshments available on arrival and during interval. Cash and card payments accepted.

Free parking on site. Parking for this event will be at the Barn, BS36 1SE.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

ZOOM TALK: The story of our barn: medieval to modern

Date: 11th July 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Online

This ticket is to view the talk online over Zoom. Please buy one ticket per device. The viewing link will be sent out at least 1 hour before the start time. 

Join our Community Events Coordinator, Ceara, to find out about the turbulent 1400s and what was happening in England, and to the people here, as The Barn was being built.Hear the fascinating story of how this historic site was almost lost, how and why it was saved, and how it is used today.
Who was Thomas De Bradeston and why did he build Winterbourne Medieval Barn?
How was it built? 
Why was it so important then and now?
What are the links between The Barn and St. Michael’s Church?

Come and find out the answers to these questions and more at this talk about the history of this amazing heritage site: from medieval to modern!Includes a talk on the history of The Barn (past & present), interesting features pointed out and discussed plus plenty of time for questions with our friendly volunteers.

About your speaker: Ceara has been a member of the team here at The Barn for 2.5 years. As a local resident she has grown up loving this beautiful site and had attended many events here before she was in charge of planning them! Since joining as the Community Events Coordinator Ceara has become even more interested in the history of our unique heritage site and, after answering many questions about The Barn from the public, has complied this presentation, with input from many of our longest standing volunteers, to help share it’s story.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

Talk: The story of our barn: medieval to modern

Date: 11th July 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join our Community Events Coordinator, Ceara, to find out about the turbulent 1400s and what was happening in England, and to the people here, as The Barn was being built.
Hear the fascinating story of how this historic site was almost lost, how and why it was saved, and how it is used today.

Who was Thomas De Bradeston and why did he build Winterbourne Medieval Barn?
How was it built? Why was it so important then and now?
What are the links between The Barn and St. Michael's Church?

Come and find out the answers to these questions and more at this talk about the history of this amazing heritage site: from medieval to modern!
Includes a talk on the history of The Barn (past & present), interesting features pointed out and discussed plus plenty of time for questions with our friendly volunteers.

About your speaker:
Ceara has been a member of the team here at The Barn for 2.5 years. As a local resident she has grown up loving this beautiful site and had attended many events here before she was in charge of planning them! Since joining as the Community Events Coordinator Ceara has become even more interested in the history of our unique heritage site and, after answering many questions about The Barn from the public, has complied this presentation, with input from many of our longest standing volunteers, to help share it's story.

Refreshments available. Cash and card payment accepted.

Please note parking for this event will be on site at the Barn, BS36 1SE. The car park will be locked once the event has finished so please ensure your car is moved if you will be exploring the local area after your visit to The Barn.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

Talk: Traditional Fairies

Date: 24th June 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join celebrated historian, Prof Ronald Hutton for a fascinating lecture on traditional fairies.

This talk is designed to answer two big questions. The first is what ordinary British and Irish people have traditionally believed about fairies, as distinct from the purely literary images of them which began with Shakespeare and flourished in Victorian and Edwardian children's tales. The second is what function the telling of stories about fairies actually served, in making people understand each other, and the world around them, better, and to interact with both.

About your speaker: Prof Hutton is an English historian who specialises in Early Modern Britain, British folklore, pre-Christian religion and Contemporary Paganism. He is a professor at the University of Bristol, has written 14 books and has appeared on British television and radio. He held a fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is a Commissioner of English Heritage. He has also recently been awarded a CBE in the this year's King's New Year Honours list for services to history. We are delighted to welcome him back to The Barn!

Refreshments available. Free parking on site.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

ZOOM TALK: Traditional Fairies

Date: 24th June 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Online

This ticket is to view the talk online over Zoom. Please buy one ticket per device. The viewing link will be sent out at least 1 hour before the start time. 

Join celebrated historian, Prof Ronald Hutton for a fascinating lecture on traditional fairies.

This talk is designed to answer two big questions. The first is what ordinary British and Irish people have traditionally believed about fairies, as distinct from the purely literary images of them which began with Shakespeare and flourished in Victorian and Edwardian children's tales. The second is what function the telling of stories about fairies actually served, in making people understand each other, and the world around them, better, and to interact with both.

About your speaker: Prof Hutton is an English historian who specialises in Early Modern Britain, British folklore, pre-Christian religion and Contemporary Paganism. He is a professor at the University of Bristol, has written 14 books and has appeared on British television and radio. He held a fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is a Commissioner of English Heritage. He has also recently been awarded a CBE in the this year's King's New Year Honours list for services to history. We are delighted to welcome him back to The Barn!

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

ZOOM TALK: Medieval English Song: words and music

Date: 21st May 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Online

This ticket is to view the talk online over Zoom. Please buy one ticket per device. The viewing link will be sent out at least 1 hour before the start time. 

This talk will transport us back to medieval England, to see and hear the English songs from the Middle Ages that survive with music. Professor Ad Putter will discuss and showcase the manuscripts in which these songs survive and will bring the poetry back to life in sung performance. There will be practical tips on how to pronounce the words in the original Middle English language, and we will also look at a medieval English lyric that was written with Welsh spellings.

About your speaker:
Ad Putter is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Medieval English at the University of Bristol, where he directs the Centre for Medieval Studies.  His many books include The Hatmakers of Medieval and Tudor London (2023, open access) and The Works of the Gawain Poet, which he edited for Penguin Classics (2014). His forthcoming book, Medieval Love Letters, is in press with Cambridge University Press. He sings as tenor with the Cardiff-based choir The Elizabeth Singers. His singing of Middle English romances, accompanied by Frances Eustace on the harp and the rebec, can be heard on the double CD Performing Middle English Romance (Chaucer Studio, 2014).

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

Talk: Medieval English Song: words and music

Date: 21st May 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Online ticket sales are now closed for this event. Tickets will still be available on the door from 6:30pm tonight. Cash and card will be accepted.

This talk will transport us back to medieval England, to see and hear the English songs from the Middle Ages that survive with music. Professor Ad Putter will discuss and showcase the manuscripts in which these songs survive and will bring the poetry back to life in sung performance. There will be practical tips on how to pronounce the words in the original Middle English language, and we will also look at a medieval English lyric that was written with Welsh spellings.

About your speaker:
Ad Putter is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Medieval English at the University of Bristol, where he directs the Centre for Medieval Studies.  His many books include The Hatmakers of Medieval and Tudor London (2023, open access) and The Works of the Gawain Poet, which he edited for Penguin Classics (2014). His forthcoming book, Medieval Love Letters, is in press with Cambridge University Press. He sings as tenor with the Cardiff-based choir The Elizabeth Singers. His singing of Middle English romances, accompanied by Frances Eustace on the harp and the rebec, can be heard on the double CD Performing Middle English Romance (Chaucer Studio, 2014).

Refreshments available. Cash and card payments accepted.

Free parking on site. Parking for this event will be at the Barn, BS36 1SE.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.