Historic Trades and Crafts

  • 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)
  • The course For those who would like to be able to make their own bespoke halters for use in animal husbandry or for those who would like to experience making their own rope and extending their knot-tying skills. This course will teach the basics of splicing including a halter eye splice, back splice, an eye... (more info)
  • Leaded-light stained glassFriday 31 March 2017
    FULL
    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)
  • Make a traditional hand-sewn bookSaturday 22 April 2017
    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)
  • Letter cutting in stoneFriday 5 May 2017
    9.30am-5pm The course Participants will be shown how to draw or copy a lettering design and transfer it onto Portland stone. We will then practise the practical task of cutting letters in stone and look at finishing techniques. The tutor Will Spankie trained as a sculptor in 1990 at Sir John Cass School of Art... (more info)
  • Stone carving: ammoniteSaturday 6 May 2017
    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 different... (more info)
  • Medieval tile makingSunday 21 May 2017
    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)
  • Irons in the fireTuesday 13 June 2017
    FULL
    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 fireWednesday 14 June 2017
    FULL
    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 fireThursday 15 June 2017
    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 16 June 2017
    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)
  • Prehistoric potterySaturday 1 July, Saturday 8 July, Sunday 9 July 2017
    9.30am-5pm The course Working with local clays, students will explore the techniques and create pots that echo those found at the Neolithic causewayed enclosure at the Trundle hill near to the Museum. On the course you will cover clay preparation, as well as three different types of hand building techniques and decoration. There will be... (more info)
  • Leather belt pouchSaturday 15 July 2017
    9.30am-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)
  • Bronze Age metalworkSaturday 22 - Sunday 23 July 2017
    FULL
    9.30am – 5 pm The course A bronze age experience like no other, asking the basic questions of how did the Bronze Age begin, Students will process malachite, make a furnace and create moulds from clay. Then bring all these elements together you will create your own Bronze Age reconstruction axe or dagger. The tutor... (more info)
  • Prehistoric flint tool makingSaturday 22 - Sunday 23 July 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-5pm 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)
  • Irons in the fireThursday 3 August 2017
    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)
  • Make a Pyecombe style crookFriday 4 August 2017
    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 experienceMonday 4 September 2017
    FULL
    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 Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common features.... (more info)
  • Stone carving: green manSaturday 9 - Sunday 10 September 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-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)
  • Mill experienceSaturday 16 September 2017
    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 Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common features.... (more info)
  • Mill ExperienceSaturday 14 October 2017
    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 Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common features.... (more info)
  • Leather beltSaturday 21 October 2017
    9.30am-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)