‘Kids Dig It!’ Medieval Family Fun


Medieval mania has hit the Abbey Museum with the upcoming Abbey Medieval Festival!

What better way to celebrate than through a week of Medieval Family Fun at the Museum?

All of your favourites will be included, like, archery, mini archaeological digs, and shield painting.

Along with some other workshops to keep the whole family engaged, including:

embroidery games – skittles, battledore, and quoits brass rubbings paper crafts illuminating letters page training and much more!

Tickets available here through the Abbey Medieval Festival website.


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Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July

Due to popular demand, the Abbey Museum will once again host this event designed especially for kids in the lead up to our critically acclaimed Abbey Medieval Festival. Take part in family friendly activities – an exciting, interactive way to learn about life during the Medieval Era.


Purchase tickets here. 

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Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun Week

Back by popular demand, our most eagerly awaited school holiday program…

Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun!


From 26th til 30th June, you and your kids can have a taste of what our Abbey Medieval Festival is like, on a smaller scale, at the June school holiday program.

Details of all the activities we will be offering will be available very soon, as well as booking details, so make sure you check back soon!


When: 26th – 30th June 2017

Time: Doors open at 9.30am with activities running from 10am to 3pm.

Admission: Adult: $12.00, Concession: $8.50, Children 5 – 15yrs: $ 7.00 Family 1 (1 adult, up to 4 kids): $19.80 Family 2 (2 adults, up to 4 kids): $25.00 Under 5yrs activity fee: $ 3.00

Visit the Abbey Cafe for a delicious selection of food (sandwiches, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and salads), drinks, icy poles, cake and coffee at reasonable prices! Running Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 2.00pm.


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Kids in Medieval times

Kids in Medieval times

While many kids in medieval times did not have the perceived privileges that are accessible to today’s kids, children in the medieval time period and children now have a lot in common.  As we know, due to a harsh, unforgiving environment a great number of children did not survive in the middle ages, however, the majority of children did go on to lead full lives and were regarded as a central part of their families right from birth, just as kids are today.

Work and Play

Though children were not expected to ‘work’ day after day, as is a common misconception, they were expected to contribute to some of the household duties, even from before adolescence. This type of ‘work’ is also common for many children today! Naturally, the poorer the family, the more essential it was for children to contribute to the workload. Children in the Middle Ages were usually expected to do things such as tending livestock or farm animals, working with crops or growing vegetables, …

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Fun things for kids to do in Brisbane

There was a time, not so long ago, when fun things for kids to do in Brisbane did not include museums.  Kids in museums were not a good mix.  Noisy, curious, un-heeding little strangers were seen more of an inconvenience to be ‘Shushed!’ than engaged with.  As in libraries, where the signs of ‘Silence!’ left no more to be said, museums did not wave the ‘Kids Welcome!’ flag.  But thank goodness! …..no longer!  As methods of learning have evolved from theory to hands-on over the years , and as inquiring minds are recognized for the brightness  they reflect and the promise they show, who should be made more welcome to these amazing institutions of learning, than kids? At the Abbey Museum, we think Kids in Museums rock!

A core visions of the Abbey Museum is the provision of quality cultural and educational experiences for children and hence the carefully chosen education programs at the Abbey Museum have embraced the principle of welcoming kids in museums.    We have a myriad of activities that will engage and stimulate your children’s imaginations, a …

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Even medieval stained glass windows need a make-over!

I recently explained to my husband, having spent a tidy sum on getting my hair done, that it costs more to stay beautiful as you get older.  And I promptly reminded him that as the famous TV ad slogan stated  ‘we’re worth it!’.   Like a lot of us folk in museums near Brisbane, the collection of  Medieval Stained Glass  at the Abbey Museum isn’t getting any younger either!

The Abbey Church

You might recall the Medieval Stained Glass post we presented recently.  It spoke about the Abbey church and the Gregorian Chanting highlight of our Abbey Medieval Festival.  The essential charisma of the extraordinary beauty of the stained glass in the Abbey Church can also be experienced during the knighting ceremony prior to the Medieval festival.  this magical ambiance with candlelight, chanting, costumes and spiritual peace  combine to facilitate a unique transformation into life in medieval times. This unique experience takes place every year before Christmas.

However, on a practical level, …

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GAMAA awards

Abbey Museum is GAMAA award winner

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology wins GAMAA award

3rd November 2017

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology was last night announced as a winner and a finalist at the GAMAA awards.  The awards – Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards – are presented annually to honour the achievements of individuals and organisations in striving towards excellence in the museum and gallery industry.

With six categories for organisations, (including projects, engagement and sustainability) and two for individuals, the Abbey Museum was proudly announced as a finalist for engagement in the organisational category and also as a winner in the individual awards for volunteer staff.

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology is situated near in the Moreton Bay town of Caboolture, an hour north of Brisbane and is one of Brisbane’s most unique museums. It has one of the finest collections of European and Classical artefacts open to the public in Australia. The Museum’s collection includes prehistoric artefacts, ceramics, glass, stained glass, metalwork, woodwork, lacquer, sculptures, manuscripts and rare books, Renaissance and Baroque paintings, water colours, icons and frescos. The collection …

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Viking Family Fun Week

School Holiday Activities

Abbey Museum’s School Holiday Activities

Abbey Museum specialises in entertaining and engaging school holiday activities and workshops for children aged 3 to 12 years to explore history and archaeology.

Kids Dig It! Family Fun Weeks 2019

Taking place during school holidays, we have a number of historically themed programs to keep kids learning and active during the school down time.  Representing distinct historical eras, the Kids Dig It! programs align with our museum values of ‘enriching peoples’ lives through the stories created from our collections’.  During the school holidays, our collection can tell lots of stories! Activities include archery, excavating a mini archaeological dig, historical games, era costumes and dress-ups, mask making, shield painting, and so much more. Activities run from Monday to Friday (no weekends) and are open to groups also.   Always conscious of cost and facilitation, the Abbey Museum puts your experience first!

14-18th January – Kids Dig It! Stone Age Family Fun Week

8-12th April – Kids Dig It! Roman Family Fun Week

1-5th July – Kids Dig …

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Kids Dig It – Squire Academy 2019

Get your kids out of the house and send them back in time. Your squire will learn about heraldry, train like a knight, and become an archer.

Program will run from 10am – 2pm and is for 8-12 year old children. You can drop your kids off so you can do some Christmas shopping in peace.

10:00 – Drop Off: Parents can drop children off at the museum entrance.

10:00 – 10:30 – Stained glass tour: Children will head into the church to see the collection of stained glass windows. They will learn how they were made and what their purpose was in the Middle ages. Heraldry can be seen in these windows which will be discussed.

10:30 – 11:00 – Designing heraldry: Taking knowledge of the stained glass window heraldry, children will design their own heraldry that is inspired by their family, their personality and medieval imagery.

11:00 – 11:30 – Painting their own shield: Children will take their heraldry and paint it onto a wooden shield they will take home.

11:30 – 12:0 0 – Daily training: …

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Conservation strategy discussion for Winchester Cathedral stained glass fragments

Stained Glass Studio – Where the Magic Happens

Recently, Michael Strong, the Abbey Museum’s Senior Curator and I headed north to Belli Park to meet with stained glass conservators Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn. Gerry and Jill have been involved with the Museum’s stained glass conservation program for over ten years now. These two extraordinarily talented artisans have been responsible for the conservation of nearly all of the Museum’s medieval, Victorian and Edwardian stained glass collection.

As you may be aware, in 2017 we completed the conservation of all the stained glass windows housed in the Abbey Church. These windows include medieval panels from Winchester Cathedral and also the mortuary chapel of the Shirley family manor house in Ettington. There is a splendid panel of God the Father, believed to be from the Charter House of St Barbara in Cologne and a very fine Winged Ox and a Winged Lion from Heckenrode Abbey in Belgium. If you would like to have a tour of these beautiful windows the Abbey Museum runs guided tours on Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 am or for groups …

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