The Lecture Hall buzzed yesterday as Volunteers responded to the call to help with the museum’s plans for a Tudor Christmas. The conversation flowed as willing hands attempted everything from sewing, to papier-mâché, working with salt dough and arranging greenery. Many arrived with concern that they had no great skills to share, but quickly became experts at making ‘pies’, ‘biscuits’ and decorations. We have some budding pastry cooks among the men! And Tudor Roses began to emerge in every size.
Non-stop tea, coffee and cake were enjoyed, as was the company.
We hope some of the Monday team will be able to come back on Thursday – they
seem keen – and we hope to welcome more of you. Please come along, any time
between 10am and 4pm, and stay for an hour or as long as you like.
We particularly need needleworkers as the Tudor Roses, of which we need a great number, take the longest to complete. Mary Crane has kits which Volunteers are welcome to take away (but please bring the completed Rose back!).
If you have seen the museum’s latest programme you will know we are planning a Tudor Christmas with a special day on 14 December when there will be falcons and food, music and costume. And reindeer. The museum will be decked out with holly and ivy and other good things and the King’s Room will boast a Tudor feast.
Planning and collecting and making are already under way but this is a Volunteer project and we need your ideas and your help.
On Monday 30 September and on Thursday 3 October there will be all-day workshops in the Lecture Hall 10am – 4pm
Volunteers are invited to come along for an hour, or a half day or all day and help with one or all of the following:
Making Tudor Roses
We need dozens of these to hang from windows, bannisters and anywhere else, to decorate the corridors of the museum, the staircases and the King’s Room itself.
To those of us who do not sew they may look difficult but I am assured they are not! Seamstress Extraordinaire, Volunteer Mary Crane, will advise this group. The roses can be made in a variety of sizes. Come and start one to take home and finish later, or pick up a pattern to attempt at your leisure over the coming weeks, or stay, and enjoy tea and biscuits and company.
Greenery and table decorations
Supreme Artist Sophia Sample will be leading a group putting together greenery and table decorations.
Some items will be to dress windows, like this one, but simpler, and smaller decorations are also needed. If you are a flower arranger, or most definitely not, but would like to try, this might be for you.
Food, glorious food
This is a challenge, because we cannot use real food or other perishables! We are using whatever we can to produce a realistic looking, and historically accurate meal. We already have a boar’s head underway (Volunteer Sarah Brumfitt) but need pies, tarts, biscuits, sweets, jellies (how do you make a fake jelly????)
During the workshop we will be producing salt dough items and experimenting with polystyrene. Volunteer Caroline Lanyon, who has real theatre experience, will be on hand to help
If you have ever envied the children their half-term activities in the Lecture Hall, now is your chance! Be prepared to knead dough, use pastry cutters, paint and sprays….and please come with your ideas.
Please come appropriately dressed for whichever activity you would like to join in with.
We will have some tools and other equipment but if you plan to sew, it would be a good idea to bring your own scissors.
Making items from salt dough and polystyrene will involve saws, knives, etc. Please do not attempt these activities if you are concerned about this.
Tea and coffee and biscuits all day. You might like to bring your own picnic lunch or pop out to the cafe whenever it suits you.
In December, we hope to transport parts of the museum back to Tudor Times.
The King’s Room will be laid for a ‘banquet’. There will be birds of prey, costume, music, story-telling, a celebrity, mulled beverages, real food – and reindeer.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Last year we had a wonderful response to our request for hoards-themed
decorations for our Christmas tree at St Thomas’ Church. This year we hope you
will help us decorate the museum!
We will be holding sewing ‘bees’, foliage arrangement workshops and craft sessions in the museum (dates to be announced). Come and enjoy company, trying new skills, or resurrecting old ones. Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.
If you prefer, work from home using templates and instructions which we
will supply, or come up with your own ideas and designs, using genuine Tudor
Learn more at a brief introduction following the Collections in Focus talk on 17 September, or read the Volunteer blog on the museum website for updates. More posters with further news will also be displayed in the Volunteer cloakroom and rest room.