Barber Surgeon

Discover the roles and responsibilities of a Barber Surgeon during the Tudor period in this educational and interactive video.

Supporting Documents

In Tudor times, most people could not read or write, so they relied on signs to guide them. Many shops would therefore have signs outside to represent their business; a glover would have a painting on wood or a cut-out of a glove, a fishmonger a fish, a seamstress some cotton and thread etc.

What does the red on a barber pole represent?

Correct

The red on a barber pole represents blood.

Wrong

The red on a barber pole represents blood.

Barber surgeons learnt their skills on the battlefield or on-board a ship.

In Tudor times, what was thought to be the cure for smallpox?

Correct

In Tudor times, the cure for smallpox was thought to be red curtains placed around the bed.

Wrong

In Tudor times, the cure for smallpox was thought to be red curtains placed around the bed.

In Tudor times, what was thought to be the cure for the Plague?

Correct

In Tudor times, the cure for the Plague was thought to be herbs.

Wrong

In Tudor times, the cure for the Plague was thought to be herbs.

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