A History of Southdown Wool told through ten objects

Tuesday 5 June 2018


The Talk

Named after their native landscape, the Southdown sheep breed was once prized as much for its fleece as for its meat. Today, the Southdown struggles to compete with other native British breeds and increasing pressure from non-domestic flocks that dominate the wool market. However, there is an emerging interest in the provenance, sustainability and quality of raw materials including wool. Find out how one small Sussex company is supporting local shepherds to showcase the continuing relevance of Southdown wool from the South Downs.

The Speaker

Louise Spong runs a micro yarn company specialising in 100% single flock, Southdown wool from the South Downs. In 2011 having tried and failed to find any Southdown wool on sale to knit with, or anyone in the fibre or farming community at the time who seemed to know or care about Southdown wool she set out to find out why. Louise’s initial desire to work with her local wool has led to a journey of discovery. Join her as she talks about why we should celebrate the Southdown breed, the South Downs and the people associated with both.


Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Please bring suitable warm outdoor clothing and as part of this talk may take place outside.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £10 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.


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