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    Prep and Senior Pupils Explore Tudor England

    Year 5 pupils visit Burghley House, while Sixth Form students enjoy a trip to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

    Kimbolton Preparatory School Year 5 Visit to Burghley HouseAs part of their History studies, our Year 5 pupils yesterday donned period costume to visit Burghley House – England’s grandest Elizabethan mansion, built for William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I’s High Treasurer. No less than 61 Tudor kings, queens, nobles, clergymen, gentry and servants stepped off the coach, to be welcomed to the 16th century by none other than Henry VIII himself.

    Teacher Mrs Roper said: “King Henry explained how music was a popular entertainment in Tudor times and taught us his favourite dance, the Pavane. We were also treated to a tour of the kitchen, complete with its huge fire, spit roast section, and high ceiling. We quickly realised just how strong the servants had to be; the pans were incredibly heavy!”

    Pupils also learned about money and clothing, making a Tudor drawstring purse out of cambric for money and other precious items (apparently the pocket hadn't been invented yet!). They also looked at a typical Tudor dining table, discussing the food eaten by rich and poor, as well as some of the table manners you could expect to find at an Elizabethan banquet.

    Following a cosy lunch, the day concluded with a visit to Dr Mort, a rather gruesome Tudor physician who explained the medical care available during the 16th century. He was successfully able to cure Alana, Aoife, and Sam by using an onion, a hangman's noose and a leech!

    Meanwhile, 100 miles south, our Lower Sixth Form English and Upper Sixth Form Drama students yesterday enjoyed a trip to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London. The Globe is a replica of the original circular Elizabethan theatre, and the aim of the trip was to provide students with contextual information about Shakespeare's plays.

    Head of Drama Mrs Jenny Webber said: “Students were able to explore Shakespeare’s audiences, language and the original performance conditions through a guided tour, lecture, visit to the exhibition, and Elizabethan dress demonstration.”

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