Hand shearing

Saturday 20 May 2017



The course

A completely practical day learning how to shear sheep by hand, on a farm local to the Museum. This course would particularly suit people with a small number of sheep would like to tackle shearing for themselves.

The tutor

Phil Hart is a British Wool Marketing Board Sheep Shearing Instructor, Gold Seal sheep shearer and Competition Judge. He has 23 years experience, lecturing in Agriculture at Plumpton College, specialising in Sheep Husbandry. Phil’s students have progressed on to travel the world shearing sheep, competing at open class level in competitions. In 2012 his former student Joel Barton set the current UK 9 hour Lamb shearing record.

Participant information

A pair of sheep shearing moccasins, these are essential as they give excellent grip to the floor so you do not slip around when holding the sheep. Shearing is a very precise job and to hold the sheep accurately speeds up the learning process and makes the job safer for both the sheep and shearer. Moccasins can be made from felt, these are washable. Or made from leather, not washable. I use the felt ones. Please thread them up and wear them before the course. Please also bring sheep shearing blades.


£60 per person, please bring all food and drink that you require, as none will be provided.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.