Press release 15 September 2005 1 page
Medieval knights and gargoyles for Carter Group Heritage Week
Children can hunt for gargoyles, design their own coat of arms or dress up in medieval clothing, as part of the Carter
Group Heritage Week at Our City O-Tautahi, from 3 to 15 October.
Our City O-Tautahi, at the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace, will host the “Gargoyles in the New World:
Christchurch and the Medieval Revival Exhibition” during the above dates – focusing on Christchurch’s Victorian and
modern interest in Medieval architecture and decorative arts.
As part of the exhibition, children will be able to find where Christchurch’s large population of gargoyles and
grotesques live and learn why they should protect and care for them and the buildings that are their homes.
They can also design their own coat of arms and dress up in medieval heraldic clothing. Beautiful clothing, armour, and
everyday items of medieval life will be on display, courtesy of Christchurch’s medieval re-enactment groups, the Barony
of Southron Gaard and the Ordo Cygni. School groups can book for this exhibition through Our City O-Tautahi, and
activity sheets will be provided.
A highlight of the week will be a real medieval tournament on Saturday 8 October from 12 noon, when the knights of the
Barony of Southron Gaard compete on the “tourney field” under the trees beside Our City O-Tautahi and the Kate Sheppard
memorial. Families with picnics are welcome at this spectacular event.
The debating chamber of Our City O-Tautahi will be transformed into a medieval hall on 9 October from 7pm where people
can enjoy courtly music, dance, delicious medieval food, and a sword-fighting demonstration by the University of
Canterbury medieval group, the Ordo Cygni. Those attending are encouraged to wear medieval clothing, but this is not
essential. While the event is free, entry numbers are limited, so bookings are essential on phone 365 2486.
Our City O-Tautahi will be open during Carter Group Heritage Week from 10am to 4pm.