Historic Trades and Crafts

  • Letter carving in stoneSaturday 9 March 2019
    9.30am-5pm The course For the beginners one-day letter cutting course you will learn how to carve your own monogram or house number in stone using hand tools. Students will be shown how to draw out their own designs on paper, transfer them onto the stone and carve them into the stone using a hammer and... (more info)
  • Stone carving: ammoniteSunday 10 March 2019
    9.30am-5pm The course Participants will be taken through the process of marking out, roughing out and finishing a relief stone carving using hand tools. This workshop is suitable for beginners who wish to develop skills in stone carving. You will work on a design in Bath stone. We will also look at where to purchase... (more info)
  • Leather beltSunday 24 March 2019
    10am-4.30pm The course Make a unique leather belt from English vegetable tanned leather using various techniques and finishes with a choice of buckles. The tutor Jon Lewington is a design engineer with a lifelong interest in rural trades and crafts who specializes in recreating bygone leather objects using traditional methods. Participant information Participants are advised... (more info)
  • Leaded-light stained glassSaturday 30 March 2019
    10am-4pm The course Make a small leaded stained glass panel, and learn many skills including how to cut glass to a precise pattern and join pieces using lead cames. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. The tutor David Lilly trained in the art of stained glass in Brighton in 2001 and opened his... (more info)
  • Mill experienceSaturday 6 April 2019
    9.30am-12.30pm The course Spend the morning in our 400 year old watermill. Learn the history of the mill, where it was originally built, its life as a working parish mill and its eventual gift to the Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common... (more info)
  • Leather belt pouchSaturday 6 April 2019
    10am-4.30pm The course Make a leather belt pouch from English vegetable tanned leather with a choice of fittings, for use in bushcraft, re-enactment, gardening or just walking the dog! The tutor Jon Lewington is a design engineer with a lifelong interest in rural trades and crafts who specializes in recreating bygone leather objects using traditional... (more info)
  • Make a hand-sewn bookSunday 7 April 2019
    9.30am-4.30pm The course During this workshop students will make three different non-adhesive books; a pamphlet booklet, a long stitched book and a multi section case bound type book with soft covers. These styles of bindings allows for the use of a variety of paper weights including graph paper, tracing paper and envelopes and paper with... (more info)
  • Medieval tile makingSaturday 13 April 2019
    9.30am-5pm The course A practical day with the opportunity to design your own tiles, or use pre-made patterns, with information on historical aspects of the craft. Each participant can choose four tiles to be fired and sent to them after the course. The tutor Karen Slade has been demonstrating tile making since 1996 and enjoys... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course The workshop introduces preparation of traditional materials and tools – from the cutting and curing of quills and ink making to the preparation of vellum to write on. Participants will have the opportunity to use some of these skills to make and design their very own bookmark to take away. The tutor... (more info)
  • Bronze axe castingSunday 2 June 2019
    10am-4pm The course The course begins with a short introductory talk and handling session of replica tools and materials used in the Bronze Age. Students will prepare moulds and begin working the furnace to melt copper and tin. They will then cast their own replica early Bronze Age axe head, and can then begin cleaning... (more info)
  • Prehistoric flint tool makingSaturday 8 - Sunday 9 June 2019
    9.30am-5.30pm The course Using the methods of ancient British people, including flint knapping, cordage manufacture from natural fibres, and working with bone and antler, you will produce your own hafted tool to take home. The tutor Will Lord grew up on the English Heritage site of Grimes Graves, a prehistoric flint mine in Norfolk, where... (more info)
  • Copper smelting and bronze axe casting weekendSaturday 29 - Sunday 30 June 2019
    10am-4pm The course The course begins with a short introductory talk and handling session of replica tools and materials used in the Bronze Age. Students will prepare crucibles, crush copper ore and charcoal before working the bellows to produce a lump of pure copper. On the second day students will prepare moulds and begin working... (more info)
  • Flint knappingSaturday 27 July 2019
    10am-4pm The course An introduction to the skill of flint knapping. You will go through the techniques and the aim of the day is for everyone to be able to go away and replicate what they have learnt. The tutors James Dilley is a PhD student at the University of Southampton, a craftsman and re-enactor... (more info)
  • Irons in the fireThursday 1 August 2019
    9am-5.30pm The course The course will take place in the 150 year old Museum smithy, where everything is done as it would have been more than a century ago. Students will make a simple toasting fork or poker. The tutor Martin Fox’s background includes training as an architect, a degree in art history, and working... (more info)
  • Irons in the fireFriday 2 August 2019
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    9am-5.30pm The course The course will take place in the 150 year old Museum smithy, where everything is done as it would have been more than a century ago. Students will make a simple toasting fork or poker. The tutor Martin Fox’s background includes training as an architect, a degree in art history, and working... (more info)
  • Mill experienceSunday 1 September 2019
    9.30am-12.30pm The course Spend the morning in our 400 year old watermill. Learn the history of the mill, where it was originally built, its life as a working parish mill and its eventual gift to the Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common... (more info)
  • Irons in the fireThursday 3 October 2019
    9am – 5.30pm The course The course will take place in the 150 year old Museum smithy, where everything is done as it would have been more than a century ago. Students will make a simple toasting fork or poker. The tutor Martin Fox’s background includes training as an architect, a degree in art history,... (more info)
  • Make a Pyecombe style crookFriday 4 October 2019
    9am-5.30pm The course The course will take place in the 150 year old Museum smithy, where everything is done as it would have been more than a century ago. Students will make a Pyecombe Crook to take home with them. The tutor Martin Fox’s background includes training as an architect, a degree in art history,... (more info)
  • Mill experienceSaturday 12 October 2019
    9.30am-12.30pm The course Spend the morning in our 400 year old watermill. Learn the history of the mill, where it was originally built, its life as a working parish mill and its eventual gift to the Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common... (more info)
  • Stone carving: green manSaturday 26 - Sunday 27 October 2019
    9.30-5pm The course A two-day workshop teaching participants how to mark out, rough out and finish a Green Man design in Bath stone. The course will give people the opportunity to either carve their own design or copy carve one using a template. The course will also cover carving techniques, sharpening and look at where... (more info)