Introduction to dating timber-framed buildings in the South-East

Tuesday 6th June 2017



The course

The number, position and arrangement of timbers provides the evidence for the analysis and dating of timber framed buildings based on stylistic evidence. We will use the Museum exhibit buildings from the South East of England to look at features dating from the late 1300s to the 1900s.

  • Learn to spot the differences between a crown post and a king post.
  • See how radically different the medieval roof is to the Georgian roof.
  • Watch the purlin(s) appear and disappear and observe how braces change shape and length and become concealed over the centuries.
  • Marvel at the skill of the carpenters and their precise work, and how their tools, techniques and customers’ requirements changed and evolved over the years.

A wonderful opportunity to observe and be guided around so many varieties of timber-framed buildings all within easy walking distance of each other.

The tutor

Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak & Iron is carpenter in residence at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. He teaches a range of historic carpentry courses at the Museum. He has developed a keen analytical eye and a scholar’s passion for following and interpreting the evidence along with a natural skill in teaching.

Participant information

The course will be limited to 12 participants, and is suitable for all. No special clothing or equipment is required, but please bring outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.


£115 per person, which includes tuition, teas & coffees and a light lunch.

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.



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