Lectures and Courses
Lectures and seminars can be offered on all manner of Tudor and 17th Century topics either via Brigitte Webster or through one of our established network of topic experts. With Brigitte's qualifications, training and experience she is well versed in the following topics and indeed has delivered talks at a variety of venues (including television). Brigitte has given lectures at a variety of venues including the World's first Tudor themed convention, Tudorcon, in Pennsylvania, USA. Her husband, Tom, whilst not as versed in the era, leads visitors in hands on early dance lessons, Tudor themed archery, games and other activities.
Tudor and renaissance food, cooking.
Brigitte is a culinary historian and has a truly extensive collection of cookery books from early medieval through to late 17th Century. She has worked through these, sometime alone and sometimes with expert help in translating some of the original texts and interpreting them in to meals served to her long suffering husband and, once perfected, to her delighted guests.
Tudor and 17th Century food, growing.
In order to understand what they ate, Brigitte has undertaken to grow authentic ingredients for the kitchen. This quickly lead to the discovery that medicine and food are intricately intertwined in the era and so Brigitte as also examined and indeed grows a large variety of early fruit, vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants about which she can discourse most readily.
Medieval, Tudor and 17th Century garden design.
In the study of the above topics Brigitte has read extensively around the topic of garden design, has created her own examples and is now able to discuss and present about the changing role of the garden in medieval and later society and dispel many myths surrounding what we think we know about these gardens.
This is where it all began some twenty years ago. Brigitte started attending furniture restoration classes and this soon grew into a passion for the very earliest furniture, where it came from, how to understand it, and recognise it (some harsh lessons learned there) and how to repair, restore and care for it. She attends all the significant early furniture auctions in the country, to keep up with market trends and values.