Rosalie Gilbert: Secret Women’s Business

Rosalie Gilbert: Secret Women’s Business

With her upcoming talk Secret Women’s Business: Feminine Hygiene in the Middle Ages, we caught up with Rosalie Gilbert to get to know a bit about her work as a researcher, author and reenactor as well as gain insight about the lives of medieval women. How did...
Dr Terry Fitzsimmons – Doc by Day…

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons – Doc by Day…

If you have ever strolled through the Abbey Medieval Festival, you may likely have been fascinated with historical re-enactment.  But what is it all about? Fundamentally, it is bringing the past to life in an inspiring first person display. The Abbey Medieval Festival...
Festive Fashion – Finesse or Fiasco?

Festive Fashion – Finesse or Fiasco?

Does anyone own an ugly Christmas woolly jumper? Or more appropriately for our hot summer climate an ugly Christmas ‘Santa on surfboard’ tropical shirt?  Do you do the ‘Christmas family photos’ all wearing the same festive shirt or reindeer antlers or in Santa‘s hat?...
Let’s talk about Mead and it’s revival!

Let’s talk about Mead and it’s revival!

In July 2020, we launched a specially made Abbey label Mead to our supporters through a wonderful collaboration with Amrita Park Meadery. Production for these custom batches began 12 months earlier at their Meadery in the Noosa Hinterland, and we planned for...
Celebrating grant funding success!

Celebrating grant funding success!

In an unusual year when nothing has been what one might call “normal”, the availability of grants has been a lifesaver in some ways for the Museum. The Director, Edith Cuffe, in fact, spent most of the time during ‘COVID lockdown’ scouring the internet for potential...
A Very Brief History of Camping

A Very Brief History of Camping

Here in Australia, camping is a huge past time – you can go camping with your friends, family, and children. Sometimes you go camping for a weekend out, sometimes you can camp for weeks on end for your school or work holidays. But did you know the history of this past...