Christmas... YAC style!
It's Christmas party time for our amazing YACs... here are just some of the highlights from around our network of clubs!
Who killed Georgie Gingerbread at Aberdeen YAC?!
Members of Aberdeen YAC turned Christmas detectives to try and solve the Christmas Cluedo murder of Georgie Gingerbread, Santa's chief baker. First the members had to find the hidden clues and game cards. They then had to trade, investigate or blackmail other teams to cross suspects, locations and murder weapons off the case file to solve the mystery!
Was the murder committed by Frosty the Snowman at Santa's Workshop with a candy cane, or Santa's Elf at the gingerbread house with a carrot?!?
After the murder was solved, the members used magic Christmas dust and decorated gingerbread people to bring Georgie back to life and save Christmas!!
West Wiltshire YAC went on a Christmas mouse hunt!
West Wiltshire YAC members had a festive time with a Christmas past quiz, and an old fashioned parlour game. Then they headed off on an exciting torchlit mouse hunt around Trowbridge Museum in the dark.
Move over YAC leaders, Ben from St Albans YAC is here...
At St Albans YAC's Christmas party, members and leaders were treated to a talk by member Ben about his archaeological adventures in Malta, complete with a question and answer session.
There were also lots of games including an Archaeological 20 Questions, and many rounds of wink murder!
Paper-chain timelines at Leeds YAC
Leeds YAC members played lots of games at their Christmas party. They included the standard quiz (with famous people picture round), the famous wrap-the-mummy game, plague (jelly) baby pass the parcel, match the bones game, and finally made a Christmas paper-chain timelines of all 41 British monachs starting with William the Conquerer!
Sweet treats at North Wiltshire YAC
Members of our North Wiltshire YAC enjoyed sweets from different times in the past at their Christmas party. One of the tastiest was a medieval sweet called Trayne Roast.
Dried fruits and almonds are threaded together. A length "as long as a man is tall" would be made and wound around a spit. The ends of the thread were tied onto the spit. This was then coated with a batter made with sweet wine and spices. The spit was rotated in front of the kitchen fire to cook the batter.
When it was ready, the whole thing was carefully pushed off the spit. If it is done correctly, the thread came out of the battered fruit and nuts, and the Trayne Roast could be sliced up to make a fabulous sweet dessert! YUM!
Bedford YAC Winterfest Party
Bedford YAC's winterfest party was packed with fab acivities. The members enjoyed a quiz of the year, wordsearch and word puzzles; they made a Christmas tree forest (with points for the most trees); competed to see who could create the longest leafy paper chain (measured in cubits); and there were prizes for historical costumes (which included a puritan, Roman soldier, Medieval monk and Victorian marine archaeologist!).
Going Greek at Manchester YAC
A highlight of the year for our Manchester YAC members was taking a close look at a beautiful gold head wreath excavated from Cyrene. It is held in the collections of Manchester Museum and was brought out of the stores for Manchester YAC's Christmas party!
Devastatingly, there was also an earthquake at the Manchester Museum during the party... what else could possibly have resulted in their Ancient Greek temple cake being completely destroyed?!?
Pontefract YAC's Christmas Quiz
Pontefract YAC held its traditional Christmas quiz at their recent party. The quiz included lots of different rounds, including Blockbusters, University Challenge, Treasure Hunt, Take Hart and more. It was followed by piles of party food!
Merry Christmas, from everyone at YAC!