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Family fun day: the medieval Palace

Discover the medieval Palace at Fulham from the comfort of your own home, with our exciting online event now live!

Scroll down this page to see different activities, talks and blogs – all of which explore the Palace’s medieval history.

Decorate your own medieval manuscript

All ages

Medieval manuscripts were used as a way to tell stories and communicate important information. There are many different styles of creating a medieval manuscript but the style we have chosen is known as the Winchester style. This style has big thick borders with emphasized corners. Our corners include symbols of important people groups who have called Fulham home, such as the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and later the bishops of London. Some common themes of medieval manuscripts include natural elements such as flowers, ivy, and other plants. Other styles of medieval manuscripts have much more detailed first letters with symbols inside the letters itself.

Create your own illuminated manuscript page for Fulham Palacewill you include plants from the garden? Perhaps a bishop or two? Or maybe parts of the Palace itself?! Colour in an illuminated page, or add your own illuminations to the letter F for Fulham on the second page.

To learn more about medieval manuscripts and how they are made, visit the British Library website!

What did the medieval Palace look like?

Ages 7+

The site where Fulham Palace now sits has a long and fascinating history. The medieval palace is a bit of a mystery that is still being uncovered. Through archaeological digs and intensive research, more clues have come to light. Learn more about the medieval palace in this presentation from our community archaeologist, Alexis Haslam, as he shares what it may have looked like, what happened to it, and what is still being discovered!

Once you’ve watched it, fill in the gaps in this puzzle sheet!

Make your own pop-up Palace!

Ages 6+

Make your own mini Fulham Palace from home! This simple 3D pop up Palace is the perfect activity for an afternoon.

Download the courtyard details and brick pattern sheets for printing and some written instructions.

Find your perfect medieval job!

Ages 6+

Ever wondered how you would get by in the medieval court? Not everyone can be the jester!

Erin Brudi, Fulham Palace placement student

Kingston University MA Museum and Gallery Studies placement student Erin Brudi created a BuzzFeed quiz: ‘Which Medieval Worker Would You Be?’ Try it – if you dare!

The hidden chapel

Ages 8+

During hot summers, the dry weather reveals Fulham Palace's very own 'secret' parchmarks on our main lawn, showing the outline of our former chapel built in 1231 and demolished during the late 18th century during Bishop Terrick’s renovation. Community archaeologist Alexis Haslam gets up close with the parchmarks to talk about how they are caused and what they reveal about our history.

Test yourself with some medieval quizzes!

Ages 6+

Test your detective skills with this medieval word search. If you get stuck, check the answer sheet for some extra help.

The servants at the Palace have been cleaning the great hall and everything is a mess! See if you can work out what belongs in this picture-based quiz. Once you’ve done the first, try again in our second great hall.

Are you good with words? Put you mind to the test with our wonder word challenge – we’ve got two versions, one which is great for ages 6+ and the other for ages 9+.

Famous faces – in depth blog

Ages 12+

Window depicting Bishop Robert Gilbert at St Etheldreda’s church in Oxfordshire; source: Alamy

Meet the famous faces at the time of the medieval Palace in this in-depth history blog by Tricia Kern. Grab a cup of tea and settle in for a 20 minute history lesson to brush up on your knowledge of the period!

For the grown ups – a medieval cocktail class

18+

Make your own medieval-inspired cocktail using vitamin C rich blackberries to keep the scurvy at bay! It was once believed that alcoholic drinks were beneficial to health and digestion. Although blackberries were typically made into wine, here is a way to enjoy them with gin...and a few interesting facts! For peasants and nobles ages 18+ only, please enjoy responsibly.