The Return of the Tudor Domestic Goddess

By on 19/06/2010 in Culture, News

Housekeeping, childcare and fashion in Tudor and Stuart times are just some of the fascinating themes of Blakesley Hall's Laydes Nights on Thurs 24 June (6.30-9pm). 

Both male and female visitors to the midsummer evening event will be able to travel back in time to discover more about the woman's role in the home in Tudor and Stuart periods. 

The housekeeper will be discussing the food that people ate and how it was cooked.  There will also be chance discover the secrets of the stillroom where herbal remedies, perfumes and other potions would have been distilled. 

Visitors will be able to find out about childcare and pregnancy and will be shown how to swaddle a baby.

Julie Stevens, a special effects make-up artist who has worked on a variety of historical productions for stage and screen will be giving talks and demonstrations on make-up and beauty and there will also be also talks and demonstrations on women's fashion of the period.

Visitors will also be able to participate in a Tudor-period dance lesson, take tours of the herb garden and enjoy refreshments available in the tea room.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said:  “Birmingham's Community Museums organise wonderful events that help bring history to life in different and exciting ways. 

“Blakesley Hall is one of Birmingham's most loved historic buildings and local visitors to this midsummer evening event will find the evening both entertaining and educational.”

Blakesley Hall Museum is one of the few remaining timber framed buildings left in Birmingham.  It was built in 1590 by Richard Smalbroke, a member of one of Birmingham's leading merchant families and has a wide selection of 17th century oak furniture on display.

Laydes Nights at Blakesley Hall  is a ticket only event and prior booking is essential by calling 0121 464 2193.  All tickets £5 (non refundable).


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Jason Lewis  – 0121 303 4266,

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