Here are some links to places we can visit and organisations that can help inspire:
1. The National Trust.
Knole House is but one of the very many superb properties run by the National Trust up and down the country. With a special relationship with the Trust, extras like “behind the scenes” visits can often be organised.
2. Wilkinson Auctions.
Wilkinson Auctions are, without doubt, the premier auction house in the UK for early (17th Century and earlier) antiques in this country. Special private viewing days can usually be arranged where you can view some truly unique items and enjoy the extraordinary depth of knowledge in his subject that Sid Wilkinson, the auctioneer, can bring to bear.
3. The Mary Rose.
The Mary Rose was king Henry VIII’s flagship. Launched in 1510, she sank in 1545 and did not see the light of day again until she was raised in 1982. Since then she has undergone a painstaking preservation process that has culminated in a state of the art display and exhibition that was finally opened in 2016. The exhibition shows unparalleled glimpses into onboard life on a Tudor warship. Something not to be missed!
4. Kentwell Hall
Kentwell Hall in Suffolk is one of those places that one really must see if one is passionate about Tudor life. The time to visit is on one of the weekends dedicated to recreating Tudor life in both the manor and across the grounds. Each year a specific year from the Tudor period is selected and all the events throughout the season reflect that year in unequalled levels of authenticity.
5. Bosworth Field
The Battlefield at Bosworth is where the Tudor dynasty began with the death of Richard III in 1485, the last English monarch to fall in battle. The battle itself took place on August the 22nd and every year the battle is re-enacted on the weekend closest to that date. An interesting day out which includes many stalls selling reproduction items of the era.
6. The re-enactors closet
Located only a few miles away, the Re-enactors closet is a small company that makes made-to-measure period dress to very exacting standards. Because each item is tailor made, lead times can be very long so any orders should be placed well before any visit when final fitting and finishing can be done. For those on a tighter timescale, the Brigitte Webster Tudor and 17th Century experience can also source off the shelf clothing.
7. The COPPER POT
Historic food and spice mixes to cover the medieval - 17th century period.
Musical entertainment in historical contest
9. MUCH HADHAM FORGE MUSEUM
Beautiful Tudor Cottage with Elizabethan wall paintings and working forge.
10. PEGGY'S NECESSITIES
Period costume for the Tudor & 17th century period. Handmade.
11. SALLY GREEN
Historical costume and accessories
12. COLCHESTER MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
Fabulous Medieval fair with varied activities and stalls.
13. HISTORIC BOARDGAMES
14. HATFIELD HOUSE
Childhood home to Elizabeth I. Part of the Old Palace still exists. The new, 17th century House was built by Robert Cecil in the early 1600s. The gardens are designed by John Tradescant.
15. Centre of Early Furniture and Artefacts
Specialist auction house in the north of Yorkshire.
16. The Antiques Roadshow
Look for series 39, Audley End No 1.
17. The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge
This museum stages extremely interesting special exhibitions, all to do with the medieval age, Tudor and 17th century.