Local Residents Listen to Tales of King Arthur

By: Kristina Szews Email
By: Kristina Szews Email

Everyone has an imagination, and for area residents creative thinking was a must for a story telling adventure today at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

The museum is currently featuring the Age of Armor exhibit from the Higgins Armory Museum in Worchester Massachusetts, and today the display was accompanied by the tales of King Arthur.

There comes a point in most of our lives that we just stop playing dress – up, But that's not the case for Christine Brookes, Who says for her, the fun of dressing up never stopped.

As a teacher and performer she says she finds joy in dressing in costume as Lady Anne Bacon.

Christine Brookes says, "The younger audience can learn many things from the tales of King Arthur and I approach this as if Lady Bacon was telling the stories to her children."

Not only was Lady Bacon married to a knight during the Renaissance, she was a personal attendant to Queen Elizabeth herself.
As Brookes portrays Lady Bacon she tells stories of King Arthur to little listeners at the Museum.

Lady Bacon's entire story was told in character so those both young and old could not only hear the story but experience the journey through time.

Assistant Museum Director Marcia Theel says, “It sparked an interest in the wearing of armor and in historical periods of such significance as the middle ages and the renaissance.”

Theel says the museum is always looking for unique ways to teach children.

So Brookes says children learn in with creative ideas and she says it’s easier for them to understand history from the perspective of traveling through time to another country where cultures are illustrated differently.

"I read once that the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there. So I wanted to show then what some of those differences were," says Brookes.

The Age of Armor is now currently shown at the art museum and will run until June 22ND.

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