lemonade stand

Lemonade Stand!

An innocent idea brings out the passion in 2 little girls!

Something special is happening at the Abbey Museum soon, and whilst the mummies were busy planning this event, 2 little girls decided they wanted to help, by hosting a lemonade stand!

The mummies, who thought this was a FANTASTIC idea, suggested they have a think about what it was they wanted to achieve with this stand, and how they were going to go about it.

The older of the 2 girls has come up with an amazing and detailed plan on how the girls are going to set up the stand, right through to breaks, prices and signage!

Lesson to be learned from this – always encourage children’s creative side, whether it be drawing, writing, or planning a little business idea, as you never know where their creative nature may take them in life. You may even learn something from …

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Jane Austen

Facts about Jane Austen that you may not know!

Little known and interesting facts about the author Jane Austen

With the Picnic at Pemberley taking place this weekend here at the Abbey Museum, we have found some interesting and possibly unknown facts about the legendary Jane Austen to share with you!

 Austen was one of eight children — she had six brothers and one sister, Cassandra, who was one of her closest friends.  By the young age of 23, Austen had already finished the original versions of Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice. Austen never married, but she once accepted a marriage proposal from the wealthy brother of a close friend. She turned him down the following day after coming to terms with the fact that she didn’t love him.  In Austen’s lifetime, she completed 6 novels, 4 of which were published before her death, and all her works were published anonymously. Her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, was credited “By a Lady” and her next book, Pride and Prejudice, was …

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Medieval Festival Photos 2015

Kids in the Medieval time Period

Kids In the Medieval Time Period – How their Lives Differ From Back Then to Now

Children were thought of somewhat differently back in the middle ages and medieval time period than they are today. A lot of children unfortunately did not have the privilege of living a lighthearted and blissful life as children should, and because the time period was full of poor diet and sickness, the infant mortality rate was sadly high. The majority of children, did however, go on to lead, what they thought of back then, as ‘normal’ lives.   They were loved and regarded as a central part of their families right from birth, just as kids are today, and the death of a child was a blow that some parents never recovered from.

Though children were not expected to work full-time, as is a common misconception, they were expected to contribute to some of the household duties, even from before adolescence. Naturally, the poorer a family, the more essential it was for children to contribute to the workload. Children …

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Mr Darcy Wet

Another 5 reasons why we LOVE Mr Darcy

These are the main 5 reasons why we LOVE Mr Darcy.

He’s extremely handsome, especially when WET!

He’s amazing, especially when WET!

He’s gorgeous, especially when WET!

Hes ravishing, especially when WET! He’s simply exquisite, yes you guessed it! ESPECIALLY WHEN WET!



Click here for view another 13 reasons why we love this man!


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13 Reasons Why we love Mr Darcy

13 Reasons why we love Mr Darcy

For over 2 centuries women have swooned at the thought of Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy and have used his traits as a benchmark in their search for Mr Right. So what is it about the character we love so much?

He’s the ultimate unapproachable, difficult male figure who, although wholly unpleasant at first, turns out to be kind, gallant and selfless.And we fall for it every time.

Devilishly handsome, especially when wet.

Rich – Annual Income of 10,000 pounds. Today’s equivalent would be in excess of 800.000 pounds.


Comes with a Castle and significant land package.



Well groomed.

Faultless Deportment

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Punch a la Romaine

One of the most social events of the Regency era was the Ball. To receive an invitation would mean that you had been accepted into society. The Ball was where young women would be introduced to society as prospective wives. It was also the one place and time where it was acceptable for young ladies and gentlemen to interact verbally and one of the few times they were able to have close physical contact with the opposite sex.

Each set of dances would be followed by a delicacy known as Punch a la Romaine. This drink, eaten with a spoon from a small glass, was cooling and refreshing and had traces of alcohol to help relieve inhibitions. The ingredients would traditionally be a fruit sorbet combined with Champagne, stiffened egg whites and a splash of Rum.

Origins of the Punch can be traced to the city of Rome, where since the late 1600s, it had been the summer refreshment of successive Popes, whose cooks were threatened with the …

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Gun Powder Plot detail

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

The story of Guy Fawkes and the so-called Gun Powder Plot

The notorious Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of Roman Catholic revolutionaries in England in the early 17th century. In 1605, this group planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill James I of England, his family and most of the Protestant aristocracy during the State opening of Parliament on 5th November 1605. However, the plot was discovered and Guy Fawkes was captured. On 31st January, Fawkes and a number of others implicated in the conspiracy were tried in Westminster Hall. After being found guilty, they were taken to Old Palace Yard in Westminster and St Paul’s Yard, where they were hung, drawn and quartered. Fawkes, however, managed to avoid the worst of this cruel execution by jumping from the scaffold where he was supposed to be hanged, breaking his neck before he could be drawn and quartered.

In the Abbey Museum you will find a copy of the Queen Anne Prayer Book, one of only seven known. This rare book contains a prayer of …

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School Holiday Fun Viking Style! Write your name in runes

School Holiday fun at the Abbey Museum

School Holiday Fun at the Abbey Museum has never been so POPULAR!

At the end of our first week of Viking school holiday fun – we have already seen over 600 people through the doors! Vikings everywhere, families having so much fun. We have one more week to go and have made some additions to the program based on the popularity of Viking School Holiday Fun (we may or may not believe this is a result of parents hoping to catch a glimpse of Ragnar of Lagertha, you may need to wait until next month when that hit TV series returns to TV!!!!!)

Our wonderful staff have now added tea, coffee and cake to the menu for those hungry vikings and carers of the little vikings! We also have PLENTY of shields that you can purchase for an extra $4, painting these are a highlight for the kids. Archery and Viking Warrior training scheduling is subject to the weather.

We would Love you to post photos of your little ones having …

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Anyone for Battledore?

How to play Battledore or Shuttlecock at tomorrow’s Picnic at Pemberley (after all, you don’t want to appear embarrassed in Mr Darcy’s company do you?)

The object of battledore is for players to keep the shuttlecock in the air for as long as possible. This is best achieved by the players positioning themselves far enough apart so that the shuttlecock inscribes a graceful trajectory giving the players adequate time to intercept its path of flight. Battledore is a suitable pastime for young ladies as it requires grace and poise.

This game should not be confused with the game of Badminton which is a  competitive game brought from India by returning army officers. In badminton a larger racket is used and the shuttlecock is hit over a net with the object of denying your opponent a chance to return the shot. Badminton is an energetic and physical sport and is not a suitable pursuit for ladies.

You can purchase tickets online until 4pm Friday the 13th of September for Brisbane’s only Regency …

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The Game of Graces, Flying Hoop or Hoopla

One of the games we have on the program for a Picnic at Pemberley this Saturday!

This activity promotes graceful movement and co ordination combined with gentle yet vigorous exercise.

Each player takes a pair of sticks and uses them to propel the hoop through the air and likewise to catch the hoop. The first player to successfully catch the hoop ten times is the winner.

To throw the hoop, one takes the hoop and, with one rod in each hand, places the hoop over both of the rods so as they are inside of the hoop. One then lets the hoop slide slightly down the rod and cross the rods in an X shape. The hoop should be on the lower triangle of the X shape. Then, pulling the rods apart, the hoop will quickly slide up and shoot towards the other player.

Experienced players may wish to increase the degree of difficulty by playing with two hoops which are released simultaneously one by each player. The game can be further complicated by imposing one point …

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