Fire Burn And Cauldron Bubble – “Kitchen Physick – Making Medicine”- Interactive Workshop

Ever fancied trying out what wisewo/men did with herbs in medieval times? What concoctions and brews they ​had bubbling in their cauldrons?

Join us in welcoming DEMH Trust to our medieval kitchen for a session of making medicines! We’ll talk you through some 17th and 18th century recipes from our Collection and invite you to participate.

How were medicines made in the home?

Who could make the medicine and how did people learn the recipes?

What ingredients were available and what were they supposed to do?

Come to our kitchen and find out!

We’ll have some original recipes available fo you to see and decipher, as well as mortars, weights and equipment for you to help us prepare our concoction.

These are small interactive workshops with some active participation.

St Nicholas Priory’s kitchen is accessible to those who use wheel chairs and other mobility aids. There are two steps into the kitchen from Mint Lane, with a small lip at the doorway. We have ramps available to use for you. Please let us know if you would like us to prepare these for you: get in touch with Megan at and we willl be happy to help.

If you would like more information on accessibility and the priory, contact Megan.

This is a DEMH Trust event. We are a Registered Charity and medical museum with a collection of historic medical objects.

Do come and join us to soak up the history of Exeter’s oldest building and this quiet corner of the city.

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street (5 mins). Parking at Smythen Street and Harlequin Shopping Centre is also available.  Exeter Central railway station (10 mins). The bus station is a 15-minute walk away with many buses stopping on the High Street (1o mins).


Unfortunately, only the ground floor of our building is wheelchair-accessible.

Accessible loos and nappy-changing facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit to the priory, please email


Oct 27 2022


14:00 - 15:00



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St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL
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