Historical makes and bakes

Serve up a slice of history with these delicious recipes from the past.  Whip up a batch of Mrs Crocombe's favourite Queen Drop Biscuits, make a statement with a grand medieval pie, and watch our interview with a Tudor cook to find out what marchpane is, and how to decorate Shrewsbury biscuits with it!

A Roman eating a Roman burger.

Make a tasty Roman burger

You might think America is the home of the hamburger, but it would seem the Romans beat them to it! The Roman cookbook Apicius includes a recipe - 'Isicia Omentata' in the original Latin - which looks a lot like a modern-day burger.

Download the recipe card and get a grown-up to help you have a go at creating Roman burgers for you and your family or friends. Why not throw a Roman party and dress up as a Roman god or goddess with our handy kit too?

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Interview with a Tudor cook

We sent young Members Olivia and Adham to Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire to interview Tudor cook Thomas Griffin and find out how to prepare a feast fit for the lord of the manor.

Watch the video to find out what working life is like in the kitchen, how to make delicious Tudor biscuits, and what on earth marchpane is!

Queen drop biscuits


Have a go at making queen drop biscuits, the instructions for which are taken from a handwritten recipe in Mrs Crocombe’s very own book.

Download our recipe, and ask an adult to help you follow the instructions to make the biscuits, which are full of currants and flavoured with almond. Delicious!

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More to explore

  • Kids Home

    Learn about England’s history and discover more about everyday life in the past, from the rich and famous to the general population, through fun facts, illustrated stories and games. 

  • Historical Timeline Posters

    We've created a series of posters showing the history of England, from prehistory through to the World Wars. Print them out to create a mega timeline, or colour your own with our downloadable sheets.

  • Things to Make and Do

    For weekends, rainy days and holidays, we’ve collected our best ideas for you to get hands-on and crafty with history. Make a model tudor house, become a knight with a sword and shield, design a Roman mosaic, plus much more.

  • Videos

    Travel back in time with our videos and have fun with history. Watch as we interview Henry VIII, put your Roman knowledge to the test with Rattus Rattus, go on an animated journey through the story of England and more.

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