Saxon treewrights & the buildings they built

Friday 15th September 2017


The course

A one-day course covering the evidence for Saxon building in timber, roundwood and earth between the end of Roman Britain and the beginnings of timber framed carpentry around 1180 AD. The course will cover the methods of construction, including the tools and materials used. There will be an opportunity to handle real and replica building timbers and to see how the archaeological evidence is being used for the Museum’s Saxon building project.

The tutor

Damian Goodburn BA Phd AIFA Studied general archaeology for a BA at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London 1979- 82, then worked in field archaeology in England and France at various locations until 1985. Before and during this period he was also involved in boat restoration, small boat building projects and harbour woodwork. In 1985- employed as a field archaeologist working for the Museum of London. From 1988 has been employed as a specialist in the excavation, recording, interpreting and researching of early woodworking from the Old Stone Age to the 19th century. During the 1990s carried out part time Phd research in the field of medieval ship and boat building- awarded the degree in 2003. He now works part time for the Museum of London as Ancient Woodwork Specialist for work in the London area and elsewhere.

Participant information

No special clothing equipment is required but please wear sturdy footwear and bring warm outdoor clothing, as some of the day maybe outside.


£90 per person, to include all 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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