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Thimbleby - A Tudor Village

We have based our Tudor village on the present day Lincolnshire village of Thimbleby. Thimbleby originated in the late Anglo-Saxon period. Its name most probably means Thymli’s farmstead or village (from the Old Norse personal name ‘Thymli’ and the Danish word ‘by’ meaning farmstead or village). In 1563 there were 40 households there. Thimbleby still has many surviving traditional Lincolnshire mud and stud cottages although there is no manor house there today. Thimbleby’s present church, St Margaret’s, was built in 1744. It replaced a medieval church which stood on the same site.

From the present day street scene you can travel back in time to the late Tudor period and see what the village may have looked like 400 years ago. Download the Thimbleby Activity Powerpoint Presentation and then explore the village and its surroundings, meet some of the people who lived there, find out how a typical Lincolnshire mud and stud cottage was constructed, see inside a cottage and find out about how ordinary Tudor people lived. You can go inside the medieval church and discover how it was changed by the Reformation, and you can visit the manor house to see how rich people’s houses were furnished.

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Freedom Lies

A series of three exhibitions that provide a contemporary discussion around themes raised by Magna Carta.

These exhibitions allow us to consider the global issues which are critical to today's ideas of freedom and liberty, such as capital punishment, freedom of speech, boundary laws and the power dynamics between “developed” and “developing” countries. Through provocative examples of contemporary art, historic documents and a new global commission from Ghana ThinkTank we would like to invite you to join in the discussion – What are today's problems with freedom? What does freedom mean to you?

Artists included in Freedom Lies: Jordan Baseman, 24th October 2015 – 24th January 2016; S Mark Gubb, 24th October 2015-14th February 2016; Ghana ThinkTank, 24th October 2015-14th February 2016; Michael Pinchbeck, 27th October 2015. Further highlights curated as part of Frequency Festival 2015.

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