Medievalism on the Streets

Description

This Collection analyses popular medievalism in material and public culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on popular medievalist theatre, parades and public spectacles, as well as recreational, literary and political associations. It explores the ways in which medievalism was not simply derivative but also local and disctinctive. In this Collection you will find items relating to medievalism in public contexts and popular culture, and the revisitation or reenactment of the Middle Ages by groups such as the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Items in the Medievalism on the Streets Collection

A photograph on page 10 of the Melbourne newspaper The Argus. Pictured is a newlywed couple under the title 'Medieval Headdress'. The title refers to the headdress, which incorporates a veil and perhaps a small crown, worn by the bride. The headdress…

This article from The Argus newspaper provides a report of an Eight Hours procession through the streets of Melbourne in 1887, during which at least 50 different trades were represented. It makes note of the increasing size and elaborateness of the…

A newspaper advertisement for an Australian "Medievalist" religion, founded by Dr. Charles Strong. About Charles Strong:Charles Strong (1844-1942) was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, the third son of Reverend David Strong. After travelling in Australia,…

In this black and white photograph from the Laurie Payne Collection of Theatrical Photographs (held by the National Library of Australia), actor Laurie Payne poses in his costume, a suit of armour, for the musical Camelot. The musical, written by…

In this black and white photograph from the Laurie Payne Collection of Theatrical Photographs (held by the National Library of Australia), actors Laurie Payne and Tony Hughes in their costumes for the musical Camelot are pictured with an unnamed man…

In this black and white photograph by J. A. Mulligan, a crowd gathers outside the Hoyts Century Theatre in Sydney on 20 December 1967 to attend a preview of the film Camelot. The film was a screen adaptation of the 1960 musical of the same name by…

This newspaper article from The Argus in 1935 reports on an amusing incident during a visit by Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons to Manchester, UK. Lyons was asked to pose with a medieval halberd for a photograph, which was mistakenly thought to…

This photograph shows members of the musical group The Renaissance Players on the steps of a building in Gothic style at the University of Sydney. The photograph was taken in 1974 by Alex Ozolins for the Australian Information Service. Although…

A list of the Guilds which the members of the Lochac Region (within the Society for Creative Anachronism) can join. Some of the Guilds include: Brewers, Vintners and Imbibers Guild Broiderers Guild Lohac Cooks' Guild Royal Guild of…

This black and white photograph held by the Powerhouse Museum portrays children participating in the Feast of Corpus Christi procession at St Patrick's Seminary at Manly, Sydney, in 1932. The annual Feast of Corpus Christi procession celebrates the…