Engaging Elizabethans: The Summer Party, Sunday 30th June 2013

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We were blessed with beautiful weather for our party and everyone made full use of the garden to sit and enjoy the sunshine. Amidst much chatter, the ring of hammer on anvil could be heard in between the Tudor songs as our resident blacksmith was working in the forge for the visitors to watch.

In the museum visitors could view a display of Tudor artefacts from our collection, found and donated in the main by local metal detectorists alongside replica clothing made by Isabella, a local student earning her Duke of Edinburgh award.

We also conducted hourly House Tours to see the fabulous Elizabethan wall paintings within Forge House. The visitors were stunned to see Gloriana herself portrayed a King Solomon in the Old Testament story The Judgement of Solomon, dating to 1576, just one of the four wall paintings in the room.

Children and adults alike took part in the crafts and activities available, from designing your own coat of arms to making a Tudor miniature or dressing up to pose for your own Tudor portrait. Sweet smells filled the air from the Herb Kitchen where you could make a nosegay filled with herbs and flowers.

The museum kitchen served an Elizabethan-inspired menu of lunch and cakes, all delicious! The bar served wine, locally brewed ale and apple juice made from the tree in the museum garden.

A big highlight for us was that Matthew Ward from Horrible Histories came along to join in the fun!

Huge thanks to volunteers Elaine and Nollie who put in so much time and effort to make the party a success and of course to all those of you who came along to support us. It was a beautiful day with a lovely relaxed atmosphere, perfect for absorbing all the history around us.

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