10am to 4pm

historic clothing

The course

This one day course will give you an insight into the changing styles in rural clothing between 1300-1900 using the historic clothing made at the Museum. You will discuss the materials, colours and clothing people wore in our houses and also cover the stitch techniques used. 


The tutor

Barbara Painter has researched and made replica clothing for museums for many years, and has an extensive background as a costume designer in theatre, film and television. She has been involved with the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum’s Historic Clothing project for a few years and regularly contributes to the needlework group.

Participants information

Please bring a notebook, tape measure, camera and sketch book. Material will be provided for any sewn samples.


£60 per person, to include all tuition, teas & coffees. The cafe will be open for lunch or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits.  It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses.  The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.

To book, download a form here. Alternatively, fill in the booking request below. Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Make a Booking Request

This is an initial booking request form, and does not guarantee a place on the course. The Adult Learning Team will check the availability of the course, and reply to you as soon as possible - usually within one working day.