Research and Buildings

  • Deciphering old documentsSaturday 10 March 2018
    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)
  • 9.30am-4.30pm The course The Arts & Crafts Movement is, like the designed landscape park, one of Britain’s great contributions to the international art movements of the late 19th century and onwards. Some Arts & Crafts architects and craftspeople were still around and working in the 1950s! The influence of such organisations as the Society for... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course This day explores categories of domestic decorations and household goods that tend not to feature in historical documents, such as inventories. We will introduce the rich physical evidence for the ubiquitous trends in interior decoration and furnishings – such as wall paintings, and other fixed decorations, ceramics and cheap print – and... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course Publicity about Chichester’s heritage often emphasizes its Roman and Georgian ‘roots’, but much of the layout of the historic city, as well as some of its most important buildings, date from the Middle Ages. This study day explores the historical and archaeological evidence for Chichester and its people from the early Middle... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course Concentrating on the polite architecture of English great churches and castles, and their heavy investment in carved and painted details, we closely examine meaning in this imagery and explore its historical context to build up narratives of politics, belief and custom that can transform our understanding of what great buildings represented to... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course Concentrating on the polite architecture of English great churches and castles, and their heavy investment in carved and painted details, we closely examine meaning in this imagery and explore its historical context to build up narratives of politics, belief and custom that can transform our understanding of what great buildings represented to... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course This day course looks at the documentary evidence for the history of houses, with an emphasis on what it can tell us about their social history. It will introduce participants to the sources and to some of the ways in which you can explore the history of the development of  your house,... (more info)