‘This was a fantastic insight into what life was like. The children loved the way you started the talk by imagining what a Tudor house would be like. There were lots of resources for the children to see, feel and try. we would certainly recommend this to other schools, the children and staff enjoyed it! ‘ Horton Primary school
I come dressed accurately to the period as a Tudor Housewife, with baskets and bags of museum standard replica domestic items, fresh and dried produce, (according to season)
8 TUDOR WORKSHOPS to choose from for KS1 or KS2
1)Tudor Food: everyday food
This is a really interactive session. I have a table full Tudor things to see, including some food baked from Tudor recipes and as I talk about how the Tudors ate I give out lots of small bags of different ingredients, nuts, raisins, cloves, etc. for the children to explore,( touch, feel and smell) they have to guess what they are as I chat about each one to give a picture of farming, trade and who ate what.
Workshop Activity: Children use flour, yeast and water mixed in bowls and made into loaves. Alternatively oat biscuits, these are then put in named plastic bags which are taken home to bake if no facilities at the school.
‘A perfect workshop for infants. Just the right amount of time and they loved stamping their own bread buns. The pairs work well with the mixing bowls. Thank you’ Horton Primary School
2)Tudor Christmas: in season as a talk or workshop during November/December.
I bake a beautiful table full of Tudor Christmas goodies using their recipes or ‘receipts’ and describe the trade and planning that would go into the festivities. Christmas was a joyous time, one of the biggest holiday periods for ordinary folk where friends and families got together for the celebrations.
Workshop Activity : Making Tudor marzipan and date fancies and confits.)
3)Weaving The clothes of the ordinary Tudors
Children explore Tudor textiles through clothes in the household showing status, trade and economy. Children, in groups, see and handle examples of wool, linen and silk. Threads dyed with woad, madder and weld giving red, yellow and blue + heddle and tablet looms.
Workshop Activity: Children are shown how to work their own small card loom threaded + bodkin with wool . This loom they can keep and work on later.
4)Medicine. Physicians, Surgeons, Apothecaries and Wise Women
Children find out how the Tudors thought the human body worked and who the Tudor people would go to, to cure their ailments. Illustrated with Tudor recipe cards and herbs they can see, feel and smell.
Workshop Activity: Children make a medicine bag with pestle and mortar to keep with herbs such as Mint, Lavender and Rosemary.
5)Tudor buildings. The places they lived in.
Children explore Tudor houses, how to tell status according to materials and decorations used. Including Timber frames, painted cloth or tapestry walls. Looking at Inventories to see what was inside.
Workshop Activity: Children paint a Tudor Rose on card with Tudor earth pigment paints, to keep.
6)Tudor Schoolroom. Using a quill pen and learning by heart.
Finding out how the Tudors learned their letters and why. Who were the teachers?exploring the Tudor learning methods and materials first hand.
Workshop Activity: Children experience writing the alphabet in Tudor ‘secretary’ hand, attempt their own name and maybe copy a little sonnet with a goose quill pen and ink, a page to keep.
7)Games : Tudor children at play.
Children experience which sorts of games were played and understand how different and sometimes how familiar to us some of these games are.
Workshop Activity: Play games. Indoors…Cards. Nine Men’s Morris, Jacks or Knuckle bones etc… Outdoors… Leapfrog etc… (This is a session that can be short or long, really a session that is quite informal and good for rainy lunch days.)
8)Sewing and Tudor Thrift. Care of clothes, hygiene and Tudor ‘ recycling’.
Exploring Tudor clothes how were these washed and cared for? How would a housewife keep her family clean and decently clothed with no taps in the kitchen and no running hot water? Learning the necessary craft of sewing. Children look at examples of different stitches, samplers etc.
Workshop Activity: Children sew a simple linen bag in running stitch with tapestry needle and put lavender inside. This they can keep and work on later