10am to 4pm

Stuart farmhouse image 1 (Small) Stuart farmhouse image 2 (Small)

The course

Experience life in the 1630s by spending a day based in Pendean. Starting with a discussion of our interpretation of a yeoman farmhouse in Stuart times, we will cook a meal using period recipes, lay the table and sample it using the correct table manners of the time; do the housework; make butter in the milkhouse and investigated some remedies to ward off the ever present danger of the plague! Examples of Stuart clothing made by our Historic Clothing Project will be available to examine and try on.

The tutor

Lesley Parker has a BA (Hons) in history and has taught history and been involved in museum education in Sussex for the last 15 years. She currently works at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum interpreting the social history of the buildings for museum visitors. Food is one of her life-long passions.

Participant information

Please bring a container to take home some butter.:
Please wear appropriate clothing as we will be using real fires (long trousers from natural materials and no open toe shoes).


£60 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open for lunch-time snacks or alternatively participants can bring their own 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.

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