Novelist and academic Dr Sara Read will describe women’s experiences of childbirth in the 1600s. We will find out what objects would be brought into the birthing chamber and how the midwife would use them. Who was in the room with the labouring woman and her midwife? Why would a midwife send out to the butcher for a still warm hare skin? We’ll find out at this fascinating talk.
Sara will then explain about how her research into childbirth in the 1600s fed into her novel The Gossips’ Choice and helped to inform the character of its fictional midwife Lucie Smith.
Tickets £5 per person – Book your ticket Here
Pre Booking Essential, you will be sent the link to access the event in advance of the talk.
Lutenists and the Stage around 1600 Talk
Sunday 31st October, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nick Gravestock, our resident lutenist will give an illuminating talk with musical examples about the involvement of prominent lutenist composers with the stage in the Elizabethan and Jacobean period.
The Elixirs of Life: Medieval Spirits and Botanicals Talk with Tasting
Friday 3rd December, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Locksley Distilling Co. Ltd. on a tasting tour around the spirits and remedies of medieval Europe, made from and inspired by ingredients grown in the 1620s House and Garden. Finish off the night with delicious craft spirit samples made by Locksley Distilling and an opportunity to stock up on drinks for Christmas!
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