Historic Life

  • Shooting the traditional longbowSaturday 25 July 2020
    10am-5pm The course An introduction to the art and craft of longbow archery. The day focuses on the history and traditions of this remarkable weapon, including intensive tuition in the practice of longbow archery, using a range of different bows. Suitable for the beginner and more experienced archer alike. The tutor Jonathan Davies has been... (more info)
  • 10am-5pm The course An introduction to the art and craft of longbow archery. The day focuses on the history and traditions of this remarkable weapon, including intensive tuition in the practice of longbow archery, using a range of different bows. Suitable for the beginner and more experienced archer alike. The tutor Jonathan Davies has been... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course Did you know that you can make cordage, yarn and cloth from our local nettles? Stinging nettles have been used as a fibre plant for textiles for over 3000 years in the UK. Nettles are of great interest again since they are one of the most sustainable local fibres you can imagine.... (more info)
  • Tudor bakingWednesday 16 September 2020
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 10am-4pm The course Experience a baking day in a Tudor yeoman’s kitchen.  Make and bake a variety of breads eaten in the sixteenth century.  Try different cooking methods and discover the importance of bread to the Tudor diet and economy. Participant... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course From prehistoric evidence to early twentieth century, we take a practical, in depth look at how cosmetics and perfumes developed and make pomander beads and lip paints to take away. The tutor Sally Pointer has a background in archaeology and in museum education. She is the author of ‘The Artifice of Beauty,... (more info)
  • History of soapFriday 28 February 2020
    10am-4pm The course From earliest evidence to craft revival, we look at how soap developed and make hot processed soft soap, pure olive Castile soap and Tudor inspired herb washballs to take away. Class format is a mixture of hands on workshop and in depth talk and will provide a thorough working knowledge of the... (more info)
  • Dyeing with madderSunday 29 March 2020
    10am-4pm The course Take an in depth look at dyeing with madder and discover a range of reds, orange and pink dyes all from one dyebath. We’ll compare dyebaths made with chopped roots and prepared extract, and build up a sample book of swatches in wool, cotton, silk and linen whilst finding out more about... (more info)
  • History of soapSaturday 29 February 2020
    10am-4pm The course From earliest evidence to craft revival, we look at how soap developed and make hot processed soft soap, pure olive Castile soap and Tudor inspired herb washballs to take away. Class format is a mixture of hands on workshop and in depth talk and will provide a thorough working knowledge of the... (more info)
  • Introduction to falconrySaturday 25 April 2020
    10:30am-4pm The course Tailored  for those who have a keen interest in Falconry and birds of prey. During this session you will gain a basic understanding of birds of prey, their training and care whilst providing a hands-on experience holding and flying falconry birds. Learn all about the nature of the birds and the ancient... (more info)
  • Wild foodSunday 20 September 2020
    9am-4pm The course This course is aimed as an introduction to the world of wild food, focusing specifically on the plants and trees although we won’t ignore fungi should we manage to find any. We will also explore their myriad of other uses such as providing cures for ailments, refreshing drinks, or maybe something to... (more info)
  • Introduction to falconrySaturday 6 June 2020
    10:30am-4pm The course Tailored for those who have a keen interest in Falconry and birds of prey. During this session you will gain a basic understanding of birds of prey, their training and care whilst providing a hands-on experience holding and flying falconry birds. Learn all about the nature of the birds and the ancient... (more info)
  • Saxon house opening October 2016
    10am-4.30pm The course An overview of the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) language; historical background material, writing and spelling and some simple texts and prose narratives. The tutor Stephen Pollington is the author of a dozen books on the Anglo-Saxon period and especially the language/literature. He has provided the ‘voice’ for the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for TV programmes,... (more info)
  • Saxon house opening October 2016
    10am-4.30pm The course This workshop considers the development of the English language, from Old English via Middle English through to Early Modern English by exploring selected works from each of these time periods. Our linguistic and cultural journey will include selected texts by Chaucer and Shakespeare amongst others as well as a detailed analysis of... (more info)
  • 10:30am-3:30pm The course On this course you will learn how to make a medieval long stitch book in leather with linen thread using techniques that have not changed in 400 years. You will have a fully functional notebook complete with wrap around tie by the end of the course. The tutors Marysa de Veer runs... (more info)
  • Everyday life in Tindalls CottageSaturday 16 May 2020
    10am-4.30pm The course Gain an insight into life in the mid-Georgian period. Tindalls has been furnished circa 1760 and has a working oven and brewhouse. We will investigate changes in the home from the previous century; cook a meal using the brick oven, open hearth and copper; look at clothing of the period. The tutor... (more info)
  • DairyingSaturday 11 July 2020
    11am-2pm The course A session based on the newly finished Eastwick Park Dairy at the Museum. A hands-on session in the basics of making butter and a soft cheese. The tutor Marc Meltonville, Royal Palace Food Historian, has worked on displays of historic cookery and the reconstruction of kitchens at many of the six Royal... (more info)