We brought farming to life with the title 'from field to table.' The crops were reaped in the fields and collected in to stooks. Then they were threshed and winnowed in the threshing barn, before being milled and baked into bread. While that was going on, there was hay making, food and medicine preparation and various Tudor games. Throughout the visitors helped and had a go at various tasks such as scaring the crows and threshing the corn.
Thank you to Charles Abbott for allowing us to add his photos to our website. His photos are clearly marked with a watermark, so please do not re-use them without his permission.
We brought a Tudor Petty Court Session to visit the museum. We held 3 sessions per day, each hearing 3 cases. We brought the acused, defendant and witnesses, and the public acted as our jury and filled the visitors gallery. At the time the case would have been decided by the Justice of the Peace rather than a jury, but for this interpretation, it is interesting to see how the modern attitudes of the jury differ from those over 400 years ago. Jurys were used in the Tudor period, but at higher courts that the Petty session, which dealt with minor local offences, such as watering the ale.