New Year

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Since 2007 we have been going to watch the Widcombe Mummers perform on New Year’s Day.

Mummer close up

The story changes slightly each time, with reference to local events, but it generally revolves around the battle between King George and the Turkey Snipe. (You can read about different versions of this traditional play here).

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Turkey Snipe close up

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When the Knight is fatally wounded, the players call on the services of the Quack Doctor and then Beelzebub to resurrect him.

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The play ended this year with everyone singing a version of the Gloucestershire Wassail.

Then it’s time for the mummers, musicians and audience to parade along to the next location and the next performance.

Mummers procession

All the very best for 2016 from Dr A and Dr H.

Photos by Mr X.

 

 

Leeds

A few weeks ago, I went to Leeds for the Comics Forum.

Having only ever passed through Leeds on the train, I was pleased to have the chance to look around.

My first destination was Leeds City Museum, home one of the early medieval images of Weland, and inspiration for the cover of my comic version.

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While in the museum I also came across this excellent of mosaic of Romulus and Remus and a slightly demented looking wolf. I love it. It comes from a floor in the Roman city of Isurium Brigantum – now Aldborough in North Yorkshire.

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The conference itself was held in Leeds Central Library. What a fantastic place (with beautiful cafe and Art Gallery in the same building).

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I listened to lots of great papers at the conference, but of key interest to readers of this blog were papers by Paul Bristow, Sarah McNicol, John Miers and Lydia Wysocki, and John Swogger.

Paul Bristow talked about the community projects and comics he’s worked on through Magic Torch Comics.

Sarah McNicol talked about the comics component of a project about Social Haunting based at Manchester Metropolitan University. You can view Sarah’s presentation here.

John Miers and Lydia Wysocki talked about their project, in collaboration with Newcastle University, linked (quite literally) to the Getrude Bell Archive.

John Swogger talked about his past and future comics projects related to archaeological fieldwork and history on islands in the Pacific and Caribbean.

You can read more about John’s comics from Palau here, and you can buy a copy on lulu too. You can read John’s take on the Comics Forum and the following Thought Bubble convention here.

John also had print copies of his Anglesey comics on hand.

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If you’re not planning on visiting North Wales anytime soon you can read them online.

Sadly, I couldn’t stay on for Thought Bubble. Next year maybe…

Dr H

Weland the Smith

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This comic was created in collaboration with Prof Howard Williams. I’m incredibly grateful to Howard for taking the time to work on this, and for all his feedback on the comic and his insights into the story of Weland. You can read more about this aspect of Howard’s research on his blog.

Print copies of Weland will be on sale soon…

Dr H

News and Notebooks

New A6 notebooks now for sale in the Prehistories etsy shop. They are inspired by Ancient Egyptian wall paintings and Neolithic art (the Folkton Drums).

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I’m also very pleased to say that two of my comics are now on sale in the Small Press section of Gosh! comics shop in London.

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Rock Face

Dr H