Contemporary needlework by Susan O'Connor Thank you for joining us today for our “Back to School” program. We are grateful that we can connect with you in this way to share history, and we hope you learned something new about Tudor England and Tudor education. We took you on a whirlwind tour today of the Tudor social class system, types of Tudor schools and methods of teaching, and a fascinating peek into the education of Queen Elizabeth I. Practical activities in needlecraft, quill pen making and a navigational quadrant project helped to bring home lessons and concepts in a meaningful and hands-on way. Shakespeare and his plays gave us insight into the life of a craftsman’s family as well as into an artistic career influenced by early childhood education. Finally, we were able to look at the importance of mathematics at all levels of Tudor society and discover how advances in science and observational methods brought Tudor England into modernity. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Don’t forget that we will be keeping this portal open for several days, so please continue to share your thoughts, questions and projects. We will add this content to our website under our Education tab soon, as well. We will be continuing to offer virtual events for the foreseeable future. Join us online on October 22nd from 10-5 for a fall harvest event and on November 19th from 10-5 to discuss using artifacts to tell history. Please visit our website for information on other upcoming programming. While there, you can sign up for our E-newsletter to keep you updated on all things Agecroft. We would love to see you on site at Agecroft. We are conducting house tours on the half hour Thursday-Sunday 12-4 with garden hours 12-7. I f you would like to share feedback about this event, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . This will be helpful in planning for future online events! Feel free to use this email for any questions you may have about Agecroft and our programming! We will be happy to help! Have a wonderful evening and thank you, again, for joining us! Andrea Dodson Assistant Curator of Education
Francis Bacon 1618 During the Scientific Revolution, empiricism - discovering knowledge from sensory experience (observation) began replacing the Medieval view that humans cannot understand the mysteries of God’s design of the natural world and that it is wrong to try to control them or set them in order. This revolution in scientific thought gave rise to the Baconian method (the origin of today’s Scientific Method of experimentation. Sr. Francis Bacon, an English statesman, lawyer, writer, philosopher and scientist introduced empiricism as a process of observation of nature and inductive reasoning. According to Bacon, “Knowledge is Power.” Even with these and many other scientific innovations, most people in Early Modern England were taught just the rudiments of science. Science and math were lofty pursuits left to teachers and academicians who had the time and money to pursue them.
John Dee John Dee was an accomplished mathematician, but he also said he owned a stone (in his right hand) that was John Dee was an accomplished mathematician, but he also said he owned a stone (in his right hand) that was given to him by angels. In Elizabethan England, that wasn't all that odd. (Wellcome Images/wikimedia commons) A popular belief in Tudor England was the belief in alchemy - the turning of base metals into gold. This transformation was believed to be created by a legendary alchemical substance called the Philosopher’s Stone. Englishman John Dee (1527-1608) was a proponent of this philosophy. He believed that this purifying agent was equal to the purification of humans for eternal life. This “pseudo-science” led to discoveries in methods of mining ores, properties of metals, metal extractions, and pneumatic chemistry and gas. As a combination of science and magic, this was thought by the Church to work against the Divine Order of creation.
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