Monday, 20 April 2009

Historical Bazaar at Wimpole

A Cambridge Camera Club trip to Wimpole Hall on Saturday proved to be a highly enjoyable affair. Not only did we get lots of Spring sunshine, but there was a "Historical Bazaar" selling the paraphernalia needed for all types of historical re-enactments. Probably the most astonishing stall was a Polish couple selling suits of armour - not for decoration, but for jousting! Each suit takes two people a month to make, so it's definitely a labour of love. There was a suit of armour there which was complete apart from its arms and legs - apparently someone had just bought those! I tried the helmet - all 4.5kg of it - which was a rather strange experience. As well as being hot and claustrophobic, the visibility was rubbish; also, acoustically it was like being in an echo-chamber! The whole suit would have been 60kg+, apparently, which is like carrying an extra person around...