9 April—21 December 2018

Tudor Portraits

Bring your class to The Red Lodge Museum and explore the daily habits of the Tudors with creative handling and sketching activities.

This workshop presents an exciting opportunity for pupils to discover a Tudor gem in the heart of Bristol and find out about life in the 16th century. The Red Lodge once belonged to Sir John Young and school children are welcomed to the property by a costumed interpreter playing his wife, Dame Joan Young. In small groups, they will take part in a carousel of activities before setting about sketching a portrait of Dame Joan.  Pupils will be given the chance to:

  • Handle replica Tudor artefacts
  • Explore the decoration of a Tudor house
  • Dress in Tudor costume
  • Learn about the art of Tudor portraiture
  • Interact with a costumed interpreter
  • Practise sketching a portrait

Suitable for: Year 3-6
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

Sessions are available on Monday and Tuesdays at 11am-12.30pm and 12.30pm-2pm.

FREE lunch space is provided nearby at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery when booking this school workshop.

“Dame Joan Young in role was a captivating surprise for the children and made the workshop purposeful, meaningful and exciting…The experience has always been excellent, but the new format was outstanding!”

Year 4 teacher, Bristol Primary School.




This workshop supports Artsmark Award criteria: Pupil Engagement, Range of Offer and Partnerships.




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Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

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