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Tudor day

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:05 pm
by William
Hello all,

I am organising a Tudor day at a small museum and we'd like to have the cafe make some Tudor-themed food on the day. Can you make any suggestions?

At the same time, I'm always glad to hear of new ideas for hands-on activities that the volunteers can run (free-flowing family activities). It would be good to have some variety from the usual suspects of pomander-making etc...

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:09 pm
by Kate Tiler
Hi William :)

There are lots of better people out there to advise on Tudor food, but a simple vegetable stew (- leaving out the tomatoes & potatoes!) served with chunks of bread, is known as pottage (pronounced to sound like cottage) and is the usual peasant food. Like a thick soup, with beans and carrots etc.

In terms of activities. some of the simple ones that I do for museums & schools that are easy enough to do without too many specialist tools, are using dried herbs & petals cloves, cinnamon, almost like a pot-pourri, which you can cut simple squares of fabric & get them to put a spoon full in the middle & tie with thread or ribbon, to hang in with clothes or drawers - a good one to do around mother's day!

Or if you have more time & facilities, you could use marzipan & food colourings & make marchpane fancies - a popular Tudor sweetmeat for the end of a meal, they used to have large centre table decorations as well as smaller ones to eat. Use dates & take the stone out & replace with a ball of marzipan - paint it to look like an eye! Or make petals & build up a Tudor rose. You have to be aware of nut allergy sufferers with this one.

Or you could get some wool threads & get them making simple braids - woven cords that would be used as fastenings on doublets and kirtles - if you visit the Living History Fayre in Warwickshire this weekend, you'll find Miel & Joan selling lucettes and braiding rings, http://www.livinghistoryfayres.com or if you look here:

http://freespace.virgin.net/f.lea/braid.html

One of the other Kentwell Hall participants has placed good instructions for making finger braids.

Hope that gives you a start, Kate

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:15 pm
by m300572
Where in the country is the museum?

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:12 pm
by William
Thank you for your suggestions Kate, and apologies for my delayed reply.

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:15 pm
by Annis
Jumbles are good - like Pretzels.

Snow in the summer should go down a treat (ginger cake with whipped cream on top) as well as moise (yoghurt) flavoured with fruit.

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:49 pm
by William
Thank you Annis - lovely ideas which I'm sure would sell!

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:03 pm
by lidimy
Another activity idea, (hopefully not too juvenile for your purposes) is creating family shields, like coats of arms. All you need is some cardboard and as few or many other materials as you wish.

Lidi :)

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:13 pm
by William
No, thanks Lidimy, all ideas are welcome.

So far I've got:
pomaders
watttle and daub
soap balls
a handful of art activities from writing with a quill to heraldry (thanks Lidi)
sugar crafts (thanks Kate)
braiding (thanks Kate)

I'm sure there were some more I came up with but it's been a long day and I've forgotten right now.

Any more ideas are very welcome indeed. I've been running events like this for years and could always do with fresh ideas to stop them from going stale!