August has come to an end, but you can still access our Digital Discoveries activities! Explore them to discover what it was like to live in the 17th century. 

Become a Civil War Soldier

What was it like to be a civil war soldier? Find out from some real soldiers, and make your own equipment so you're ready to enlist!

  • Why did soldiers sign up to fight for Parliament? Watch this short video to hear from a real soldier why he joined up, and why you should too.
    • Become part of the calvary! There were two important things that every soldier who was part of the calvary needed: a horse, and a cornet! Calvarymen rode horses into battle, and each troop of calvary needed its own cornet - a banner - so that everyone on the battlefield knew which troop they belonged to. We have two activity sheets available for download below which include fun facts, photos, and instructions for how to make your own horse and cornet.
    1. How to make a horse
    2. How to make a cornet
    • Become part of the infantry! Two types of soldiers made up the infantry: pikemen, who used a pike, and musketeers, who fought with matchlock muskets. We asked two soldiers to tell us how these weapons were used, and to demonstrate how they were trained to use them! Watch them in the videos below:

    Paintings and Portraiture

    Create your own portraits and explore 17th century painting.

    Download our new Portrait Trail and use it while visiting the Museum to explore our portraits, and discover some secrets!

    Family Portrait Trail

    Ready to get artsy? Follow along with Peterborough artist Tony Nero in our new video, and discover how to draw a portrait using charcoal. 

    Cromwellian Smells and Tastes

    Discover what 17th century people ate, drank, and used to make their home smell good. Use our online activities at home and give it a go yourself!

    From Mrs. Cromwell's Cookbook Activity Pack

    Printing and Press

    It's printing and press week! How did people in the 17th century write letters and books? Find out by trying it out yourself with online resources. 

    Make a bound book activity

    Make a printing press activity

      Download acrobat reader