Tuesday 12th September 2017
This is a practical, hands-on course, giving participants the chance to thatch on a practice roof using all the tools, materials and techniques of the craft. Depending on Museum projects this course may take place on one of the Museum’s exhibit buildings.
Chris Tomkins is a Master Thatcher living and working in West Sussex. He has lectured on a number of courses at the Weald & Downland Living Museum and has undertaken the thatching of many of its buildings. He has over 25 years’ experience in different thatching techniques and materials used both in the UK and overseas.
Places will be limited to 8 participants. The course will take place outside so please wear suitable outdoor clothing, long sleeves, long trousers and suitable sturdy footwear, and bring a cordless drill if you have one.
£150 per person, to include tuition, use of tools, materials, teas & coffees and a light lunch.
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.
Please read out terms and conditions before booking.
If any of our courses are full and you would like to be added to a waiting list please email [email protected] or call 01243811021, we are sometimes able to arrange further course dates.