Pupils at Hethersett Junior School are worried for their classmate as Tudor re-enactor Neil Storey prepares to remove a tooth during their Tudor project. Photograph Simon Parker

Hethersett schoolchildren learn about Tudor medicine

Thursday, November 29, 2012
2.22 PM

Children got their hands dirty when they spent the afternoon creating remedies and potions for the Tudor period.

Pupils at Hethersett Junior School learnt about the Tudors with Eastern Region Media (ERM), a Norwich-based community interest company which specialises in film and craft projects.

Local author Neil Storey demonstrated how a tooth would be removed and showed the youngsters a toad during the lesson on Tuesday.

Tim Edwards, who organises the workshops, said: “We looked at traditional remedies from the old days. It all ties in with the curriculum. The workshops are grizzly, dirty but great fun.”

Eastern Region Media (ERM) CIC, a creative workshop delivery group, has been awarded £21,500 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with the Hethersett Schools Cluster.

The schools involved are Hethersett Junior, Woodside Infant school, Mulbarton Junior and Infant, Cringleford primary and Woodcote Care home.

The pupils will be learning about life in Tudor times, with an emphasis on medicinal herbs and plants.

The project will work with school children and older people to explore proverbs, tales and sayings that are native to Norfolk through history work and creative arts workshops. This work will be gathered to create an exhibition at the Forum in February which will include artwork, films and animation. The exhibition will then be displayed in Hethersett and the surrounding villages.