Medieval experience day

Saturday 22 July 2017


The course

Spend a day in the building from Hangleton experiencing the life of a medieval peasant. Investigate the lives of those who lived in a Downland village c.1250-1300. Engage with archaeological artefacts from Hangleton. Experience open hearth cookery. Try a variety of medieval trades and crafts. Investigate medieval textiles and dress in replica clothing.

The tutor

Helen Mbye BA(Hons), MA has been involved in education at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum since 2006 and is currently reading for a PhD at the University of Southampton, specialising in the economic challenges faced by thirteenth century communities following coastal change.

Participant information

Places are limited to 8 people.
Please be aware that this house can be quite smoky, depending on the weather conditions. Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for working around an open fire. It is also advisable to wear warm layers, as historic buildings can be cool.


£60 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open for lunch-time snacks or alternatively participants can bring their own packed 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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