Earlier this week, Year 5 visited Murton Park in North Yorkshire for a Tudor Experience Day. The pupils got to dress up as Tudor Farmers living in the late sixteenth century and learnt all about daily life living in the reign of ‘Good Queen Bess’.
The children undertook domestic tasks, and learnt all about rearing the animals, living in the Tudor houses and about the food and herbs of the time.
A favourite part of the day for Year 5 was the pike drill demonstration, where they wore heavy metal helmets and had to carry 14 foot spears. The groups had to pretend to march into battle.
After the candlelit banquet lunch of basic Tudor food such as bread, cheese, sausage rolls and fruit the children had the opportunity to make their own “tussy-wussys” (sweet smelling pomanders), they practised the art of calligraphy and made candles.
The Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History is based at Murton Park, just outside York.