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Monday, 12 April 2010

Events: Experience Tudor life at Weymouth Library

Take a trip back in time to discover the high octane world of the Tudors at Weymouth Library between 9.30am - 4pm on Tuesday 13 April.

Visitors to Weymouth Library can learn about Weymouth's Tudor connections and find out what life would have been like in the town when Henry VIII and his relatives sat on the throne.
Faithfully reproduced 'artefacts', including weapons like the 'matchlock' – an early firearm - plus swords, long bow and arrows and more, will be on display.

And more intrepid visitors will be able to take away Tudor style recipes to cook up and sample in the safety of their own home.

The event has been sponsored by the The Friends of Weymouth Libraries and is hosted by qualified guides from Pike and Shot Events Ltd (opens in a new window), who will be dressed in authentic Tudor style to speak to visitors and answer their questions.

Talks will take place during the day to give visitors a taste of what life was like in years gone by:

•  10.30am Tudor Civilian Life 
•  11.30am  Tudor Military Life 
•  1.30pm  Tudor Civilian Life
•  2.30pm  Tudor Military Life

Dave Allen from Pike and Shot Events said: "The Tudor day at the library will give people a fascinating glimpse into the past to discover what it was like to live in Tudor times.

"It will open people's eyes to the incredibly rich and fascinating Tudor history that Weymouth boasts. The town still has old Tudor buildings and castles, while lots of local men were involved when the Spanish Armada battle raged offshore in Channel."

The event is free to attend and open to all, although people can join the library on the day (just bring ID) and take advantage of other library services on offer.

Visitors can go on to explore the library's local studies and history sections.
They can find out more about the Tudors or explore their family history by using online resources, including Ancestry, on the library's computers.

Help with family history research and local studies can also be found at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester, which preserves and offers access to records and archives from Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

The Tudor day is the latest event to be sponsored by the Friends of Weymouth Library group, who have raised and spent money on the library over the last ten years.

The group has bought equipment, sponsored story and poetry competitions and supported various events, author visits and other activities for adults and children.

Dorset County Council's libraries host regular events and activities for people of all ages.

Source: www.dorsetforyou.com

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