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Historic Gardens Day, Sunday 10 July

By 4 June 2016January 26th, 2021No Comments

Visitors to the Museum on Sunday 10 July can enjoy our Historic Gardens Day, with activities taking place between 11am and 5pm.

This special day is a wonderful opportunity to see the Museum’s six period gardens, each of which has been carefully recreated to show the transition of gardens from the early 16th century through to the late 19th century.

This event uniquely showcases each garden, which not only represents the historic period of its adjoining farmhouse or cottage but also the social status of the householder.

Herbs, vegetables and plants that would have met the needs of rural households over the centuries provide an informative, attractive and historical display.

Special activities include:

  • A chance to join a gardens tour led by the Museum Gardeners at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm.
  • Explore the six historic gardens and chat to the gardening team
  • See the Museum Herbarium – an historical record of plants grown at the Museum
  • Watch a film of the work in the historic gardens through the year
  • See a display of natural dyeing and how the plants grown in the gardens create some beautiful coloured cloth
  • Watch demonstrations of scything and tool making
  • Find out about the 18th century stillroom and Tudor apothecary
  • Taste some cooking in the Tudor kitchen made with the produce grown at the Museum
  • Under the market hall see demonstrations of how rosary beads and tussie mussies are made, wash your hands with soapwort, see a display of hanging herbs and find out about their uses. This is another hub where you can chat to our team about plants here and their uses
  • Heritage herbs and seeds will be available for sale

The Museum will be open for the Historic Gardens Day from 10.30am until 6.00pm, with the garden activities taking place between 11am and 5pm.