It's a ‘Terrific Tudors’ Discovery Day! Here, you'll find facts, crafts and activities to inspire the children in your life to find out more about this famous and fascinating dynasty who ruled England for over a hundred years.
Ten Tudor facts
The five sovereigns (six if Lady Jane Grey is included) of the Tudor dynasty are among the most well-known figures in Royal history. Of Welsh origin, Henry VII succeeded in ending the Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York to found the highly successful Tudor house. Henry VII, his son Henry VIII and his three children Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I ruled for 118 eventful years.
Shakespeare is undoubtedly the most famous playwright of Tudor times, maybe even the most famous of any time. When we imagine Shakespeare writing his plays, the first image which springs to mind is probably of Shakespeare sitting at a desk, paper in front of him, quill in hand.
Most quills were made from goose feathers (although apparently Queen Elizabeth I preferred to use swan feathers!) and each one would have to be properly prepared before it could be used for writing. You had to soak the feather in water to remove an internal covering, then cut the stem to the correct angle and cut into the end to make a nib.
There are loads of easy quill making tutorials online or you can buy calligraphy pens to practise the art of beautiful handwriting. Have a go and don't forget to send pictures of the results to firstname.lastname@example.org
The golden age of exploration began in the 15th century and lasted more than 200 years. During the reign of Elizabeth 1, many sailors went in search of unknown lands. There were two main reasons - adventure and money.
The two most famous explorers of the period were Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.
Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of Jersey between 1600 and 1603. He led many expeditions to America and introduced tobacco and the potato into England. Raleigh was the first Englishman to sail around the world (1577 - 1580) in his ship The Golden Hinde.
Drake started his famous circumnavigation of the World from Plymouth, England on November 15, 1577, passed through the Straight of Magellan (southern tip of South America) into the Pacific, coasted up the western shores of the Americas, crossed to Asia and the Philippines, and finally returned to Britain on September 26, 1580.
Imagine that you are an explorer in Tudor times in search of riches to bring back to your Queen - use this video to inspire you to design and make your own treasure map.
Mont Orgueil Tudor Castle
Learn about the changes to Mont Orgueil Castle during Tudor times with this introduction from Jersey Heritage Learning engagement manager Helen Otterwell and Castle Gardien JP Hamon-Cole.
In Tudor times clothes were a symbol of class and wealth. Henry VIII introduced strict rules telling people what they could and could not wear, they were called 'Sumptuary Laws'. Only the nobility were allowed to wear fine fabrics, and purple silk could only be worn by the Royal family.
Print and colour in this image of Henry VIII and don't forget to email a copy to email@example.com
Elizabeth I had a wardrobe full of sumptuous gowns, adorned with jewels and elaborate decoration to show off her wealth and status. She also demanded a sense of style from those around her, her courtiers spent vast sums of money on their wardrobes in the hope of catching the Queen’s eye. When she died she had over 2000 gowns in her wardrobe.
Print and colour in this image of Elizabeth I and don't forget to email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry VII was a very keen musician who loved listening to, performing amd composing music. He had a huge collection of musical instruments and was well respected as a good musician and singer. he liked to have the very best musicians of the day attending court.
Tudor Hair Dye
People developed all sorts of interesting techniques to change their hair colour during Tudor times. Elizabeth I made red hair fashionable.