Medieval Day is a partnership between the Marco Institute and Bearden High School to bring medieval- and Renaissance-themed programming to secondary school students in our community. This annual event began as “Marco Madness” in April 2016, and was initially open only to BHS students. In 2017, we opened the event to all Knox County middle- and high-school students and teachers.
The event includes talks by UT faculty and graduate students. Past topics have included archaeology, the Black Death, medieval monsters, traveling to archives, medieval languages, early modern music, and more. Hands-on activities allow students to design mosaics and heraldry, try their hand at being medieval scribes by writing with quill pens on real parchment, and examine reproductions of medieval manuscripts. Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism have also put on fighting demonstrations and brought in samples of medieval craftwork and armor for students to examine and handle.
Medieval Day 2018 will take place at Bearden High School. Date TBA.
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