Ford Green Hall: Inspiring History students

Date Posted: 17/09/2015

Costumed guides at Ford Green Hall.

Ford Green Hall, near Stoke on Trent, dates back to the 17th century, making it a good choice for Key Stage 1 and 2 students studying the Tudors and the Stuarts. We take a look at what this Staffordshire museum offers school groups.

There are a number of ways you can inspire your class at the historic venue. Children can discover how the Tudors and Stuarts lived by going on one of the venues’ guided tours.

In addition, a range of practical, facilitated workshops enables students to explore the themes of costumes, toys, food, plants and materials. The 2015/16 education programme at Ford Green Hall includes:

Discover Ford Green Hall (KS1/2)

Explore the half-timbered farmhouse and its authentic furnishings, and imagine what life was like in Tudor times. Children will have the opportunity to investigate mystery objects.

The exterior of Ford Green Hall.

Photo credit: Kate Scott Photography.

Handling Tudor and Stuart Objects (KS1/2)

Find out about 16th and 17th century life and materials. How did Tudors and Stuarts light their houses, cook or collect water? Find out about 17th century life and materials.

Tudor and Stuart Toys and Games (KS1/2)

Discover what children in the 17th century played with and the games they enjoyed. Pupils can try their hand at Shuffleboard or Nine Men’s Morris.

Rich and Poor (KS2)

Explore the differences between rich and poor in Tudor times; students will dress up according to their station and have a go at dancing a Pavane, a Tudor dance popular during the Renaissance.

The Tudor and Stuart Table (KS2)

Your class can smell herbs and spices used in Tudor cooking, learn Tudor table manners and make a marchpane (a Tudor type of Marzipan that was used to sculpt table decorations out of).

Pupils on a tour of Ford Green Hall.

Great Fire of London (KS1)

Meet Samuel Pepys and hear first-hand experiences of the fire. A costumed Samuel Pepys will give your class an eyewitness account of the fire, and you can ask him why he famously buried his Parmesan cheese.

The workshop also teaches children about the dangers of fire in a timber-framed building.

For more information visit fordgreenhall.wordpress.com.

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