Meet The Renaissance Man

by  The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life (Canada)

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Not everyone living during the Renaissance was a Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo. In fact, about 90% of the Renaissance population lived a much more basic existence in the rural communities of Europe.

Find out what life was like for these folks through an interview with a farmer living during
the English Renaissance, also known as the Elizabethan era, or the time of William Shakespeare.

This is an opportunity to interview a person from the past (or the next best thing), live from his home in Elizabethan England. The students and teacher direct the discussion through their questions.

This Renaissance man is prepared to discuss many different facets of life in 16th Century England, including work, play, religion, crime & punishment, agriculture, health care, fashion, gender roles, warfare, family life, social hierarchy, and economic conditions.
He may also discuss the impact of contact with the New World on the common folk, and to what
extent Renaissance ideals had influenced the masses.

He will have on hand various artifacts, such as farm tools, coins, weapons, and musical instruments. He can also teach students a Renaissance dance with live music on the bagpipes.

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By Request: $150.00
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60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 50 students.

Primary Disciplines

Performing Arts, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We are willing to make every effort possible to re-schedule when necessary, but sessions canceled with less than 24 hours notice will be billed in full, unless there are severe circumstances, such as illness, weather, and school closure.

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The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life (Canada)

Sheffield, Ontario

The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life preserves, studies, and teaches broad elements of rural heritage, with a specific focus on the history of the village of Sheffield, Ontario, and a wider focus on the medieval European background of North American rural culture.

Marty Pullin

Program Details


1. The session begins with the Renaissance man welcoming the group to his home and telling them about himself.
2. Students are invited to ask any questions they wish, and the presenter shapes his answers to ensure that the major facets of life in Renaissance England get covered, and the large supply of artifacts are used to help explain.
3. If desired by the teacher, the presenter will teach the students a traditional dance, and will then play live music for them while they dance.
4. The remaining time is for final questions.


The participant will:
-interview a character from the past
-investigate daily life during the Renaissance
-participate in a traditional dance
-observe the technology used during the Renaissance

Standards Alignment

National Standards

United States

The student in grades 5-12 should understand:
-how the transoceanic interlinking of all major regions of the world from 1450 to 1600 led to global transformations.
-how European society experienced political, economic, and cultural transformations in an age of global intercommunication, 1450-1750.
-how large territorial empires dominated much of Eurasia between the 16th and 18th centuries.
-how economic, political, and cultural interrelations among peoples of Africa, Europe, and the Americas,1500-1750.
-major global trends from 1450 to 1770.

State Standards

Alberta Grade 8 Social Studies
8.2 Origins of a Western Worldview: Renaissance Europe

General Outcome
Through an examination of Renaissance Europe, students will demonstrate an understanding and
appreciation of how the exchange of ideas and knowledge contributed to shaping the worldview of the Western world.
Specific Outcomes
Values and Attitudes
Students will:
8.2.1 appreciate how Renaissance Europe formed the basis for the worldview of the Western
8.2.2 demonstrate a willingness to consider differing beliefs, values and worldviews I
8.2.3 recognize how beliefs and values are shaped by time, geographic location and societal context
Knowledge and Understanding
Students will:
8.2.4 examine, critically, the factors that shaped the worldview evolving in western Europe
during the Renaissance by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:
• What was the Renaissance?
• How did the Renaissance spark the growth and exchange of ideas and knowledge across Europe (i.e., astronomy, mathematics, science, politics, religion, arts?)
• How did the physical geography of Renaissance Europe affect trade and competition among
European countries?
• In what ways did thinkers and philosophers influence society in the development of a
humanist worldview during the Renaissance?
• In what ways did exploration and intercultural contact during the Renaissance affect the
citizenship and identity of Europeans?