Robert de Vere, baron of Castle Hedingham, was one of twenty-five key barons who instigated the events of 1215. Discover the exciting story of Robert’s role in the build up to Magna Carta, the loss of Hedingham Castle to King John, and Robert’s subsequent return to royal favour after the accession of Henry III. Featuring the chair of state from Hedingham Castle, a replica King John seal that visitors can handle, and beautiful anniversary embroideries and pennants created by the Castle Hedingham Embroiderers’ Guild there is something for everyone.
The museum developed this exhibition for Castle Hedingham Parish Council following the Council’s successful bid for Heritage Lottery Funding with further support from the Magna Carta Barons’ Association and the Magna Carta 800th Commemoration Trust, and it is part of a touring programme.
To complement this Magna Carta exhibition there are also new displays exploring what Braintree District was like in the medieval period. Medieval rings and brooches from Kelvedon and Finchingfield will be on display, as well as a 13th Century papal seal found locally. The important medieval pottery industry based at Sible Hedingham is also explored. Find out more about the how the pottery was made and decorated, and what could go wrong in the process! Touch a reproduction piece copying the thumb impressions made by a medieval potter decorating his tableware by hand. See how your thumb compares in size to that local medieval potter! An interactive area also enables visitors to explore the medieval towns of Braintree, Bocking, Coggeshall, Halstead, Kelvedon and Witham.
‘Medieval Toil and Trouble: Castle Hedingham: Magna Carta’ will be open during normal museum opening hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm from 22 September 2015 – 30 January 2016. Normal admission into the museum is currently free of charge.