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Living and learning in the past for you

The dining table provides an amusing moment for visitors to Harvington

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August 2018
An opportunity to see and play games based on period games, including billiards and the earliest commercial board game. The usual display of food and gentry sweetmeats will also be available.
For the curious, we will be demonstrating different arithmetical techniques developed at the time, such as several forms of calculator, including the first commercial mechanical calculator, believed the only example demonstrated in this country.
NEW: The Promptuary invented by John Napier for complex calculations

Our popular extended display BOIL A MOUSE IN URINE may be seen this year on Sunday 23rd September. Possibly the most detailed and informative experiential explanation of childcare and related subjects  currently available in the UK. Swaddle a ‘baby’, see replicas of a breast pump, baby bottles, teethers and other items, and discover the beliefs and superstitions about children and infancy in the time of Shakespeare,  Charles I and  Cromwell.

The Household is a group of re-enactors who come together to provide live 17th-century history events in mainly domestic situations. We specialise in turning 16th- or 17th- century houses into living homes, with a family, household retainers, guests and visiting traders.

We believe that no other groups of our size can offer the range and originality of what we can bring to an event. We pioneered several areas of 17th-century reenactment and remain the only users of a Pascaline in the UK - see What we Do - Reckoning.
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