07 May 2010

Quill writing, Medieval cookery and Roman archaeology are just some of the topics for Northamptonshire schoolchildren to explore when they take part in Boughton House Estate’s open days next week.

Northamptonshire County is taking part in the open day activities with a range of educational and informative activities and exhibits.

Over 1,300 children are expected to take part in the open days taking place over two days next Tuesday and Wednesday (11 and 12 May).

Among the different county council services represented at the open days are:

  • Staff from the council’s heritage and archaeology services will be on hand in authentic Medieval costume to talk about Medieval cookery and linking with the history of the deserted Medieval village within the Boughton House Estate.
  • The finds liaison officer will be helping children to find out more about the archaeology of the area in the Roman and Medieval periods.
  • The archive team will have documents for the children to look at telling them about life in Boughton House in the 18th century. Children will be able to find out what the gardens used to look like and what the then Duke of Buccleuch ate for dinner in 1725 (and who his guest were).
  • Schoolchildren will have the chance to try quill pen writing as well as completing a watercolour painting of the house.

Exhibitors from across the county will be attending the event to provide a cross curricular learning day for children. Exhibitors include National Farmers Union, Northamptonshire Beekeepers Association, Kettering Borough Council, Rockingham Forest Trust and Northamptonshire County Council.

Additional information:

Boughton House Estate open days provide a one-off annual opportunity for schools to view some of the day-to-day operations that take place on a traditional but modern-run country estate.

For more information about Boughton House’s open days, please contact The Living Landscape Trust for details on 01536 515731 or email - llt@boughtonhouse.org.uk

For more information about the event, visit http://www.boughtonhouse.org.uk/htm/trust/estate.htm