|This exhibition was produced by the County Museum Service with material borrowed from Nickolas Thon and was generously supported by the Friends of Ludlow Museum.|
|Many of the items on display are replicas: that is they are copies of original artefacts. This is because very few items have survived from the medieval period. Many that have are now kept in national museums.|
The majority of medieval objects do not survive because of the materials that they were made from: iron rusts, wood rots, and leather and skin decays, while cheap pottery can revert back to its constituent parts. Occasionally wooden and leather objects survive in water-logged conditions, but oddly it is objects made from precious metals or bronze that are the most likely to survive. Cheaper items such as pottery survive as rubbish found in middens (rubbish dumps).