Faced with cuts in local government expenditure local museums in towns and cities throughout the country are facing closure.
Spotlight on North Staffordshire and The Potteries has no hesitation in saying that Museums and Art Galleries ensure the survival of our cultural heritage. They are too important to be used as political footballs by cost-cutting councillors. A nation that forgets its cultural heritage is a nation without a future.
Our mission at Spotlight on North Staffordshire and the Potteries is to use our region’s unique heritage and culture to encourage regeneration by giving local people pride in the past, confidence in the present and hope for the future.
In a post on Medievalists.net, T. B. Lambert looks at Theft, Homicide and Crime in late Anglo-Saxon Law.
“It is a startling but infrequently remarked upon fact that for five centuries English law, which prescribed the sternest penalties for theft, contained only a relatively minor royal fine for homicide. Whereas the first clear statement that the death penalty applied to thieves is found in the late seventh-century West Saxon laws of Ine, we have no equivalent statement with respect to homicide before the text known as Glanvill, composed in the late 1180s…”
To read more visit Theft, Homicide and Crime in Late Anglo-Saxon Law – Medievalists.net
A post on Medievalists.net looks at archaeological evidence challenging the long-standing belief held by legal historians that in Anglo-Saxon times criminals were executed for major criminal offences or faced punishments such as amputations for lesser crimes.
To learn more about crime and punishment in Anglo-Saxon England visit Capital and Corporal Punishment may have been rare in Anglo-Saxon England, researcher suggests – Medievalists.net
At the moment, the Spotlight Team is fascinated by model railways. It is re-creating a Mainline layout which Heritage Associates photographed for Palitoy in the 1970s and would like to know more about the models shown in Apedale Railway’s photograph. Please contact the team at email@example.com if you can give it more information.
A post by Sandra Alvarez on the Medievalists.net describes a Russian experiment to discover what life was like in the Middle Ages.
In this extract from her post, Sandra introduces her readers to the experiment.
“In 2013, a medieval reenactment group set out to see what it would be like to survive a Russian winter in the Middle Ages. They selected one of their members, Pavel Sapozhnikov, to live on a farmstead, with only ninth century tools, clothing and shelter for six months as part of a project entitled, Alone in the Past.
“Once a day, Pavel would speak for half an hour into a camera to recount his day and share his experiences. The rest of the time, he was completely alone, with a monthly check-in to ensure he was still alive. His experiment provided a first-hand glimpse of the struggles people faced surviving the winter in the Middle Ages.”
To read Sandra’s post and learn more about village life in the Middle Ages visit Surviving Winter in the Middle Ages – Medievalists.net
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