Tudor Lifestyle Re-Enactment

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King John’s House and Heritage Centre have teamed up with Creative History to create a unique fact based role-play day entitled 1571- The Year of Change.  Through the role play the past is bought alive to the children and made more tangible. The fun filled morning of activities will develop the children’s appreciation for the King John’s House buildings, and highlight its importance both then and now, while also developing the children’s knowledge of Hampshire history during the Tudor period. The recreations and activities are based on documentary evidence from the time, which, when coupled with the authentic Tudor setting, gives an undeniable feeling of authenticity to the role play. The project uses dis­covery trails, hot seating, re-enactment, resource handling and costumes to stimulate curiosity and development of historical skills. ‘1571’ is closely linked to the National Curriculum, particularly topics on Tudors and Homes. However it also supports a wide range of other topics and areas such as Impact of Man on the Envi­ronment, Settlement, Buildings, Clothes, Containers, Materials, Structures. The site is also a fantastic stimulus for poetry, story writing and artwork.  

Example Programme

Number of children: 27 Number of accompanying adults: 4 09:45 - 10:00 Arrive, book in, store bags. 10:00 - 10:15 Explain the activities and split into three groups of nine. 10:15 - 11:15 Each group spends 20 minutes on each activity; it could be printing, toys, sweet making, writing, food, or clothes depending on your previously stated preferences. 11:15 - 11:35 Come together. Assign costumes. Costume-up ready for Feast. 11:40 - 12:10 Re-enact Feast Day Celebration. 12:10 - 12:20 De-costume. 12:20 - 12:30 Questions and review. Lunch, Romsey, or home!  

Booking information

When: every Wednesday during term time. (Booked in advance – if this not suitable we may be able to offer another day) Cost: £5.00 per schoolchild - accompanying adults free. (This is based on a minimum class size of 27. Smaller groups may have to combine with another school or pay a higher fee.) Participants: KS1 or KS2 focusing on topics related to Tudors, Homes, Costume, Food or Materials. Sessions: Start at 10:00 and last 2 - 2½ hours. Facilities: Medieval & Tudor buildings plus gardens.
  • Costumed qualified teacher to lead the visit.
  • Tudor-styled costumes for each child.
  • Museum shop.
  • Toilets on site.
  • Sheltered area for eating lunches.
  • Storage area for bags and coats.
We need:
  • Name of school & phone number.
  • Contact person / lead teacher.
  • Number of children & accompanying adults.
  • Any allergies (Children usually try bread during the feast and explore the garden).
  • The topic the visit is being linked to. (This impacts on the activities used for your visit.)
  • Preferred date(s).
  • If you are staying on site for lunch.