Historic Life

  • Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure cover
    All our 2017 courses are now on sale. Download our Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure here, you can then book online or give us a call on 01243 811021. If you would like to receive a brochure through the post, or receive our courses e-newsletter, email [email protected] or call 01243 811021. Booking Navigate through... (more info)
  • Tudor Farmhouse day in BayleafSaturday 22 April 2017
    10am-4pm The course A Tudor housewife had to do more than just cook! This day will be based in Bayleaf farmhouse and concentrate on tasks outside of the detached kitchen – spring cleaning, laundry, the garden, fibre preparation and spinning, simple sewing techniques of the period, medical treatments available to a yeoman family, the clothing... (more info)
  • Life in a late Victorian CottageSaturday 13 May 2017
    10am-4pm The course This course is based in Whitakers Cottage. The late Victorian period was a time of accelerating social change for the working classes. Spend the day investigating how a family lived: experience first hand the new free education by participating in a lesson in the school from Wittering, learn about changes in diet... (more info)
  • Shooting the traditional longbowSunday 14 May 2017
    FULL
    10am-5pm The course This course will be an introduction to the art and craft of longbow archery focusing on the history and traditions of this remarkable weapon. There will be an opportunity to examine and discuss a wide range of archery equipment concentrating on the traditional medieval style bow and its arrows. The course will... (more info)
  • Shooting the traditional longbowSaturday 13 May 2017
    FULL
    10am-5pm The course This course will be an introduction to the art and craft of longbow archery focusing on the history and traditions of this remarkable weapon. There will be an opportunity to examine and discuss a wide range of archery equipment concentrating on the traditional medieval style bow and its arrows. The course will... (more info)
  • Georgian Farmhouse day in Tindalls cottageSunday 3 September 2017
    FULL
    10am-4pm The course Spend a day in the latest building to be re-erected at the Museum and gain an insight into life in the mid-Georgian period. Tindalls has been furnished circa 1760 and has a working oven and brewhouse. We will investigate changes in the home from the previous century; cook a meal using the... (more info)
  • Deciphering old documentsFriday 14 July 2017
    10am-4pm The course This workshop helps beginners and those with a small amount of knowledge, to read 16th and 17th century handwriting, and is helpful for later palaeography as well.  It is useful for family and local historians.  The course takes the participants through wills, inventories, registers, deeds and even the mystery of the suet... (more info)
  • Medieval experience daySaturday 22 July 2017
    10am-4pm The course Spend a day in the building from Hangleton experiencing the life of a medieval peasant. Investigate the lives of those who lived in a Downland village c.1250-1300. Engage with archaeological artefacts from Hangleton. Experience open hearth cookery. Try a variety of medieval trades and crafts. Investigate medieval textiles and dress in replica clothing. The... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course A brief practical history of knitting in Britain, looking at the products, techniques, and social history of knitting and knitters from the 16th to the 20th century. We shall be learning to ‘knit in the round’ and to use a knitting sheath, and trying out a number of different techniques. Pictures, samples... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course A brief practical history of knitting in Britain, looking at the products, techniques, and social history of knitting and knitters from the 16th to the 20th century. We shall be learning to ‘knit in the round’ and to use a knitting sheath, and trying out a number of different techniques. Pictures, samples... (more info)
  • Coifs, caps, hats and hairSaturday 14 October 2017
    10am-4pm The course An introduction to centuries of working womens’ headgear in England  – from headrails and wimples, to coifs and caps, hats and bonnets. We will look at the reasons for covering the hair – female modesty, religious proscription or simple practicality? How did the materials used change over the centuries? Which ages thought... (more info)