The 2001 'On the Celtic Road' Exhibition of Dark Age Cheshire discoveries
held at Knutsford Heritage Centre in the Spring has been the third
and most successful to date. It was extended from 6 to 9 weeks between
May Bank Holiday and the end of July, and attracted over 1200 visitors
(400 in just 2 Saturdays) from places as diverse as Russia, America,
Japan and Turkey.
The largest troupe of 25 costumed Celtic and Viking Warriors yet
attended the opening weekend (which coincided with the Knutsford
Lions Medieval Street Fair) and also appeared to welcome the Russian
Youth Choir on their visit in the last weeks of the exhibition.
The event was opened by the mayor and also included 'Sanding' by
Joan Leach, live music and Celtic Crafts.
The costumed Celtic Craft team undertook two weekend work shops
demonstrating wood carving, metal work, painting, weaving, jewellery
making, herbs and runes. Archaeology played a significant part in
the remaining weekend presentations on new discoveries and excavations
in progress around Cheshire with 10 of the 12 oldest man-made objects
in Cheshire exhibited again.
Much new 'Arthurian' material was also presented in the exhibition
which was equally divided between Living History and History Recreated.
'Celtic Warrington & Other Mysteries' the book series and 'CWP
Archaeology' voluntary archaeology unit. A special display containing
the newly acquired Alice in Wonderland book collection was also
included relating to material in Book 3 which is due for release
around Christmas 2001.
The new 2002 exhibition will be returning to the Heritage Centre
again next year but, in the meantime, enjoy this Virtual Version.
Mark Olly - August 2001