Tudor textiles KS2-KS4

Duration: 45 minutes

Maximum numbers: 15 children

This workshop considers the fabrics and clothing of historic periods, including methods of manufacture, properties of different materials and the practical and social elements of the outfits. The workshop is usually held in the solar (living/sleeping space) of Bayleaf, a late medieval yeoman’s farmhouse with Tudor extensions.

Children will consider the amount of time involved in making clothing from the fleece or flax and the homemade nature of clothing, in relation to the modern clothing industry. The children will handle and then card (comb) wool. By hand spinning the wool they will test the strength and properties of the wool, with appropriate explanation of the scientific properties of spun wool. Wool will be compared to other fabrics, for example leather and linen.

Two children (one boy & one girl) will get the chance to try on full period dress, including undergarments, over their clothes. The leader will explain the purpose of each item, including its social meaning (e.g. covering the head). Hygiene and practicality will also be discussed.

As the Museum specialises in everyday life in the past, the fabrics and clothing will reflect those used by the lower classes.

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