Last weekend I worked as an Ambassador on a very particular event: a Richard III Day Event! I only worked on Saturday, despite the event taking place during the whole weekend! On Saturday the whole campus was full of visitors taking part in hands-on activities related to the medieval period, and at the same time there were a lot of lectures being given by experts who actually had a role in the discovery and analysis of Richard III’s skeleton. On Sunday, a procession started from the University and continued all the way to town, for the re-interment of his remains. I have to say, it was probably one of the most interesting shifts I’ve ever worked on! 😀
I was paid to witness peculiar things like weapon demonstrations or the skinning and butchering of a deer! I thought such a spectacle was too much for me to bear, but apparently I was wrong! It was just very interesting! 🙂 I was placed to work in a tent outside the David Wilson Library, with a workshop on bones, a display of a medieval feast, a knight in full armor and with different weapons, and free samples of medieval food (yep, free food! 😉 ). It was really cold though, which might have been the only downside of that shift! Otherwise it was so much fun, and seeing so many families and kids on campus enjoying themselves made me really happy!
Too bad I was working, so I couldn’t actually take part in any of the activities…shame, especially for the lectures! They sounded so interesting!
But nonetheless, a fun day. 🙂 And despite the closure this was supposed to bring, I suspect we’ll still hear a lot about Richard III in the future, especially around the university! 😛