See Longthorpe’s paintings recreated in weekend event

Posted on 24 July 2012

If you’re looking for a fascinating visit for all the family during the school holidays, then why not visit Longthorpe Tower this weekend, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July, as visitors have the chance to find out how the magnificent medieval wall paintings were created at the Tower, with a visit from some recreated medieval artists, courtesy of Black Knight Historical.

The event provides the opportunity to learn about the weird and wonderful substances used to make the colours that adorn the walls of the Tower. You can find out more about these incredible paintings and watch as our artists help us recreate one of them in the rich and vibrant shades that they would have been 700 years ago.

Longthorpe Tower boasts the finest medieval wall paintings in a domestic setting in Western Europe, a rich canopy of musicians, biblical scenes, local wildlife, monarchs and hunting scenes across the plaster of its great chamber. The paintings even include medieval zombies and a monster that fires flaming poo from its bottom! The site is owned by English Heritage but managed by Vivacity’s Heritage service.

Stuart Orme, Interpretation Manager for Vivacity says ‘Events like this really bring the Tower to life and can transport visitors back to the 14th century, when it was lived in by the Thorpe family and the paintings first created. This weekend will provide a rare opportunity to get some idea of how bright and colourful these paintings originally would have been, colours that actually we might think of as being quite gaudy today!’

The event runs throughout normal opening hours on both Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm daily. Normal admission prices apply: £3.50 adults, £2.50 concessions, £2 children (under 5s free), £8 families. English Heritage members and Vivacity Heritage Pass holders get FREE entry.

For more information on the event and Longthorpe Tower visit the Vivacity website at or call (01733) 864663.

See Longthorpe’s paintings recreated in weekend event

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