Historical makes and bakes

Find out about what people ate in the past, then serve up your own slice of history with our delicious recipes.  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!

What's for dinner?

Discover what was on the menu at feasts in the past, colour your own themed poster and try out our historical recipes in this new mini-series!


    Did you know that for most of the year, monks had only one main meal a day? Find out what's on the menu at Cleeve Abbey in the 15th century, and download our poster to colour in your own meal-time scene. Then design your own modern menu for a monk!


    The Norman bishop, Roger of Salisbury, is hosting a festive feast at Sherborne Old Castle. But can you guess what’s on the menu? Feasts were important events for the Normans and they were used to celebrate special occasions like Christmas or the end of the harvest.

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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