Historic Life

  • Bone needlesSaturday 21 April 2018
    10am-4.30pm The course Spend a making bone needles using Stone Age tools and techniques to work deer bone into these beautiful and useful needles. You can also make bone beads if you choose, which have a special quality as jewelry. Other items made from these materials will be on hand for you to look at... (more info)
  • Servants and ServiceSunday 22 April 2018
    10am-4.30pm The course During this day we will explore the world of servants from Tudor times to the era of Downton Abbey. Find out about their daily routines as well as high points of the year and expect to roll your sleeves up and have a go at some tasks yourself. The tutor Andy Robertshaw... (more info)
  • Nettles from sting to stringSaturday 19 May 2018
      10am-4pm The course Explore the humble nettle and learn about the common folklore surrounding this unloved weed! You will spend the day dyeing with nettles, learn how to spin its fibre, making a simple medicine and  a crude form of string! We will even make a hot lunch to share! The tutor Catherine (Flower) Guilder... (more info)
  • To dress a ladySunday 27 May 2018
    2pm-4.30pm The course This session compares the clothing of a lady at court and a servant c. 1520/30. Each layer of clothing will be considered based on historical records. The dyes, fabrics and costs of items are explored, along with the social history of the wearer. Children’s clothes and swaddling will also be included. The... (more info)
  • The medieval medicine chestSaturday 12 August 2018
    10am-4pm The course Explore the ‘medieval mind’ and the houses where you may have lived and learn about the folk lore, customs, beliefs, medicinal ideas and how they were put into practice. Make some things to protect you from the pestilence, cure a cold, ointments for sore joints and muscles and let us guide you... (more info)
  • Coifs, caps, hats and hairSunday 14 October 2018
    10.30am-4pm The course How did cosmetics first become fashionable and how were they made? Learn how to use ‘rats’ in your hair and why a high forehead was the expected medieval image. With ‘hands on’ experience using an extensive range of headwear from the Medieval through to Victorian periods. A basic introduction to centuries of womens’... (more info)