Journey back in time to 1541 when King Henry VIII and Catherine Howard stayed at the hall. Find out how the king’s friends, Lord and Lady Burgh, prepared for the royal visit and what life was like in Tudor times. Explore the jobs that would have been carried out in the impressive late medieval kitchen. The Tudor banquet re-enactment will certainly test your skills in Tudor etiquette.
By exploring the rooms where the Royal party would have stayed, the workshop is ideal for Key stage 1 and 2 pupils and links to many aspects of the History National Curriculum. For example:
Significant historical events, people and places in their locality.
Lives of significant individuals e.g. Henry VIII.
A local history study could also focus upon the significance of the hall since during the late medieval and Tudor period.
The Royal Visit workshop explores what Henry VIII would have expected to see when he arrived in the summer of 1541 with his fifth wife Catherine Howard.
This morning workshop includes the following:
Find out about life in Tudor times
Kitchen activities and investigation exploring the preparations for the royal banquet. You will work under instruction of the Clerk and experience the pressures of working in a medieval kitchen preparing for an important visit?
Visit the Solar and Tower bedroom with object handling and activities to find out more about how Lord and Lady Burgh would have lived
Dressing up in costume to take part in the Tudor royal banquet re-enactment in the Great Hall and polishing up your Tudor etiquette skills during the banquet!
You could follow the morning session with a self-led visit around the rest of Gainsborough Old Hall and explore life in this great house in more detail with a trail or audio guide.