Tudor Birds of Prey Day – Saturday 17 August

OrganiserJohn Moore Museum
DateSaturday 17th August 2019
TimeFour sessions to choose from:
10.00am to 11.15am
11.45am to 1pm
2pm to 3.15pm
3.45pm to 5pm
VenueJohn Moore Museum, 41 Church Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5SN
DetailsFalconry was an incredibly popular sport in Tudor times and was enjoyed by all social classes.  If you were rich, a beautiful, big and rare bird could be a status symbol to help display your wealth, provide you with sport, and secure you another interesting dish to serve at your table.  If you were poor, a goshawk could help you feed your family.  The hawks had to be used to people, and for this reason people carried them everywhere.   At a time when it was the height of bad manners to take your dog into dinner with you, hawking treatises advised owners to keep their birds on their fist at the table.

Henry VIII was a keen falconer and Anne Boleyn even had a crowned white falcon as part of her badge.  The Heraldic meaning of the Falcon/Hawk is One who does not rest until objective achieved and is often found on the coats of arms of kings and nobles.

Visit the museum and learn how important birds of prey were to the Tudors, plus you’ll meet a Kestrel, a Buzzard, a Peregrine Falcon, a Barn Owl, an Eagle Owl and a Little Owl.

A costumed falconer from Midlands-based J.R.C.S Falconry will tell you all about these amazing creatures, the ancient art of falconry and answer all your questions.

This is an ideal activity for families and especially those with children studying the Tudors at school.

Adults £6.00 / Seniors & Students £4.50 / Children £2
(Tickets include admission to the John Moore Museum & The Old Baptist Chapel).

Notes for editorsContact: Simon Lawton (Curator) – very happy to give interviews
E-Mail: curator@johnmooremuseum.org
Website: www.johnmooremuseum.org
Telephone: 01684 297174
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