9.30am to 5pm

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The course

Working out of doors in the Museum’s grounds, you will use the methods of ancient British people to produce your own hafted tool to take home. Techniques used include flint knapping, cordage manufacture from natural figures and working with bone and antler.

The tutors

Val and John Lord have been practising ancient skills and technologies for the past 30 years. They now provide valuable services and learning experiences for museum, universities, schools and individual enthusiasts. They have a long association with Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, having demonstrated their ancient skills here for many years.

For more information please visit their website.

Participant information

The course is limited to 12 participants.  The course will take place outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Sturdy footwear must be worn (no open-toed shoes, please).


£100 per person, to include all tuition, materials, teas and coffees.  The Museum café will be open, or you can bring along 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.