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Stepping Back To Tudor Times

Students visited the Manor House Museum in Kettering and discovered how those living during the Tudor period lived their lives.

Read this diary of the day written by Kim Asher and 8T.


On Friday 12th June 8T visited the Manor House Museum as part of their Humanities topic looking at the everyday lives of the Tudors. 

The day started with a morning of traditional music and dance. Richard York, dressed in typical Tudor dress, entertained us with many replica instruments before letting the class have a go.  Students enjoyed recreating Tudor music using lots of woodwind, string instruments and drums.  We joined in a traditional banquet dance and a learnt a lot about  the different roles of men and women back in the days of the Tudor reign.

Courtney visited the Tudor dentist only to find that he was also the town hairdresser and surgeon!  There was no pain relief back in Tudor days and people played music to mask the patient's screams.  

In the afternoon we were called upon by the Squire of the Manor, dressed in fine cloth, who showed us lots of Tudor games.  It was interesting to see how everyday people entertained themselves over four hundred years ago.  Many of the games like skittles are still played today. 

 As we got carried away playing lots of Tudor games and puzzles we were visited by the Manor Priest who insisted we join him in the school room for a lesson.  Poor people were not usually entitled to education but the Priest made an exception and he even let the girls join in.  During the lesson students learned how to write their names using quills and ink in a medieval style.  It was more difficult than we first thought.

Towards the end of the day we were summoned once again by the Squire.  We were told that Queen Elizabeth I wanted all English men and women to be trained to fight as there were rumours of a Spanish invasion.  8T marched onto the green with their long pointed weapons and learned a whole host of battle stances-including how to defeat soldiers on horseback.  The training was exhausting but great fun.

 We learnt lots about the ways of life for everyday Tudor people including how they dress and spend their leisure time, the rules about education and how everyone was expected to play a part when England faced invasion.