Tudor Specialist – I was one of the original team of professional Period Interpreters at the Palmer’s Farm Living History Project at the Mary Arden site for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, working as a Tudor Housewife running a period farm house for a year.
Life for a Tudor Housewife: I come dressed as a Tudor Husbandman’s wife in handmade clothes from top to toe which are accurate to the Tudor period in terms of cloth, weave, dye colours and sewing techniques. The duties of a good housewife was to keep her household well fed, healthy, clean and clothed, with my baskets of domestic Tudor ware and some season produce, we explore Tudor life together.
‘Excellent insight into the realities of Tudor times. The props, outfit and hands-on opportunities really helped to bring the period to life.’ Dursley and Cam local History Society.
Tudor Christmas: 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. (Available November/December)
‘A wonderful lecture which took us all back into the Tudor era. The ‘feast’ was very inviting. Cherry Hubbard is a very clear speaker and exceptionally knowledgeable’ Avon Federation of Women’s Institutes Village, Cleeve Village Hall, North Somerset. Nov. 2017.
Tudor Textiles: Cloth, the manufacture, trade, fashion and law. This talk explores the processes of wool and linen, the textiles that clothed the nation and brought wealth and great prosperity to the cotswolds.
Tudor Medicine : Life was full of fear of illness in Tudor Britain, waves of plague, sweating sickness and unexplained calamities affected the people. How could danger be avoided? Their ideas of how the body worked came from as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans so how did they cope when sickness threatened, who would they go to? With my colourful and fragrant baskets of herbs and spices I look into their world.
‘A delightful, entertaining talk with so many excellent visual aids, making an enjoyable and informative afternoon.’ Stroud Local History Society.
Tudor Buildings : Tudor buildings have always been looked on as picturesque but how were they built and how were they used and decorated? We have records in the way of inventories and wills which give us insight into the Tudor home.
‘Excellent talk – informative and very entertaining. Very good images and a lovely selection of artefacts to look at and handle’ Wotton under Edge Historical Society.