Tudor workshops

Day in a life of a Tudor household

Ever wondered what life was like in a wealthy Tudor household? This is a two part session with the first investigating Tudor objects and writing techniques, and the second is a role-play activity.

Children will take on the role of servants working in a Tudor household and meet and work with characters from the castle. These include the steward’s wife and Lady Ferrers, and pupils will assist with their daily duties in the Tudor rooms and provides pupils with an idea of life in Tudor times. All children will produce a Tudor pomander which they can take home. The drama activity focuses on the difference between rich and poor, local history and the contrasts between Tudor and modern life.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.75 (including admission)
Sessions: One and a half hours per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Tudors: Why did Henry Viii marry six times?
History: Tudors: What were the differences between rich and poor people in Tudor times?
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Ways of introducing interpretation: Producing interpretations in role

    Tudor Life at the Castle

    Focussing on life at the Castle during Tudor times, this handling session will look at the difference between rich and poor by investigating original and replica domestic objects from the period. Children will be able to try on Tudor court costume, handle a chain mail suit and cannon balls from the museum’s collection. There will also be the chance to try on pieces of a replica suit of armour.

    Information
    Total cost per child: £5 (including admission)
    Sessions: An hour to an hour and a half hour per group
    Availability: All year round subject to availability
    Curriculum links
    History: Tudors: Why did Henry Viii marry six times?
    History: Tudors: What were the differences between rich and poor people in Tudor times?
    History: Victorians: Education
    Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
    Innovating with history: Learning about the work of Historians and Archaeologists