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Learning about Middle Ages

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Representatives from the London Brass Rubbings Center visited Virginia Run Elementary School in April to present the history, people, and lifestyles of the Middle Ages. The plates in this workshop feature the portraits of people, principally from Britain and northern Europe, who lived during the period from 1277-1650. These facsimile monumental “brasses” and incised slabs are a record of trades, costume and social custom. The addition of symbols and heraldic reference add to the value as a teaching aid. The women from the Brass Rubbings Center gave an introductory historical talk, a demonstration of the rubbing technique, and the opportunity for students to view an exhibition of finished rubbings and the chance to choose an engraving to reproduce – either a knight or lady, king or merchant, or heraldic symbol. The Virginia Run Elementary School PTA covered the cost of the demonstration.