Open Days and Conducted Tours

Visitors at Blackden

Visitors at Blackden

 


 

In the garden

In the garden

Open Days

A tour of the garden

A tour of the garden

There was a range of activities to give visitors a taste of the variety of opportunities offered by The Blackden Trust: demonstrations of Tudor herbs and spices; period music played on instruments of the time; artefacts relating to the house and site to be puzzled over; a taste of archaeological skills in the washing and dating of pottery sherds found in the garden and surrounding fields; a chance to buy replica pottery based on those sherds; tours of the Old Medicine House and garden; and tea and cakes in the marquee.

Some comments from our visitors:

'Incredible! I love the cosy feel of a still used and loved home.'

'Excellent tour. Very friendly. Brilliant cakes!'

'Wonderful. Fascinating experience.'

'Superb experience -- hope to return for a course.'

'This is a wonderful magical place. Thank you for sharing it.'

Identifying artefacts

Identifying artefacts
 

Tea and cakes in the marquee

Tea and cakes in the marquee
 

Conducted Tour

Timber-frame houses on an ancient site

Alderley Edge History Group

A demonstration of a mortice and tenon joint

A demonstration of a mortice and tenon joint

Visitors were brought up to date on the history of the site and saw the artefacts found in Blackden, which date from the Mesolithic to the twentieth century. They were shown the archaeological features in the garden and saw the remaining external timber-frame wall of Toad Hall.

They were given an introduction to the construction of timber-frame buildings, and were taken on a guided tour round The Old Medicine House, during which they saw the details that make it unique, including the timber-frame chimney with its beef box and the protective marks on its timbers.

Conducted Tour

Timber-frame houses on an ancient site

Alderley Edge History Group

So many members of the Alderley History Group signed up for a visit to The Blackden Trust that we organised two visits on consecutive Saturdays.  Please look at the report for 14th June which covers both visits.

For further information about past events, refer to the archive of event reports in date order.

Printed on: 26 Mar 2017

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