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Museum Dorestad/Wijk bij Duurstede
Sunday 15 July 2007

Optreden in Museum Dorestad, Wijk bij Duurstede, 15 juli 2007The Dorestad museum in Wijk bij Duurstede invited us to the 'Midsummerday', an invitation which we gladly accepted. The museum has very friendly people running it, and we have been here sort of annually for the past 4 years. The museum is located in the old part of the town, on the doorstep of the local castle (see map on the extreme right). Since we were early, we took the opportunity to stroll around the castle moat first before trying the museum again. I can recommend it - it's situated in a big park, very well suited for a nice stroll when you've visited the museum.
Wijk bij Duurstede, the old Dorestad south-east of Utrecht.

Detailed image of the town with the museum.

Valerius Vitalinus, soldier of the Fectienses seniores.The weather was odd - very hot and very humid. In fact, at first we did not even attempt to kit out completely, because we expected rain and not many visitors. It took about an hour before the first guests arived, and luckily after that the numbers swelled.

Our neighbours, the Vikings..
Our neighbours, the Vikings..
..who had a very nice field smithy going.
..who had a very nice field smithy going.
Father Valerius and son Hieronymus.
Father Valerius and son Hieronymus.
A very cute little Roman!
A very cute little Roman!
Chariovalda, trusted soldier of the comitatenses..
Chariovalda, trusted soldier of the comitatenses..
..testing a verutum..
..testing a verutum..
..and showing the local youngsters what to expect when they join the army!
..and showing the local youngsters what to expect when they join the army!
Hieronymus minding the shop and testing his writing.
Hieronymus minding the shop and testing his writing.
The museum, seen from the back garden.
The museum, seen from the back garden.
Showing the gear to the visitors.
Showing the gear to the visitors..
A panoramic spread of the museum and all the groups present in the back garden.
A panoramic spread of the museum and all the groups present in the back garden.
The kids come round, attracted by all the shiny armour and colourful stuff..
The kids come round, attracted by all the shiny armour and colourful stuff..
.. which they get to try on, when we try to get everybody to wear something..
.. which they get to try on, when we try to get everybody to wear something..
..and later we fight a bit in the garden, to the delight of the visitors.
..and later we fight a bit in the garden, to the delight of the visitors.

Eventually more people came, so I decided to put on armour - which was very cumbersome in this heat! There were a few drops of rain too, almost inevitable with this kind of humidity, but apart from a very grey sky the expected rainshowers stayed away. The visitors ket coming however, so that we were quite busy until the end of yet another pleasant event.

Yolanda van den Berg at work.Jeroen has been persuaded..Whoa - fearless warrior!Daddy checking the details..Yolanda shooting a picture of her work....the picture.Quite the warrior statue!
Als present was Yolanda van den Berg from
Bureau Nebti, which we met earlier this year when shooting a small movie for the RMO, which she brought with her to show us. This day she did a small painting studio, with quite original face paintings, such as legionairy - or mummy! Jeroen at first did not want to, but then she managed to persuade him - he got special treatment, Yolanda gave him a first-ever Deurne helmet face painting!


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