Gainsborough Old Hall - History Re-eactment Workshop

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Gainsborough Old Hall
Owned by English Heritage, Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in England. The hall was built by Sir Thomas Burgh in 1460. The Burghs were a rich, flamboyant and powerful family.
We have interpreteted the Hall a number of times over the decades, but don't have full details of all of the earlier events here.
1541 - The King's visit
September 2015
In August 1541, King Henry VIII visited and stayed at the hall with his wife Katherine Howard. He arrived with a retinue of over 400 people and an army of over 3000. This was a huge logistical problem to arrange. We took our interpretationt back a few weeks earlier to show how the arrangements might have started.
At the time, the Hall was owned by Lord Thomas Burgh, but he tended to live with his wife Lady Alice, at their other house, leaving just a skeleton staff here. We showed Lady Alice meeting with the Royal Commissioner to discuss arrangements, while the staff attended to them and thought about the implications of a Royal visit from them as well.
1643 - The Civil War at home
July 2015
During the Civil Wars, the house was owned by the Hickman family who had owned it since 1596. We did a small event with just a couple of key characters placed in a bedchamber, to talk about life during the wars.
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We are a small but nationally based interpretation group, covering Tudor and Stuart domestic life. Founded in 1985, we have been recreating historic families in first person, to give visitors of historic houses an educational and memorable visit.
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We specialise in turning an old house into a home, bringing a Tudor or Stuart family to life, to fully interact with your visitors.
We can also offer a range of variations around the same period, depending on what you have available.
We are always keen for new people to come and join us. As we recreate domestic life, we're open to all. No previous experience or in depth knowledge is required. The 'Workshop' in our title is all about training our members.
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