Tudor Farmhouse day in Bayleaf

Saturday 22 April 2017


The course

A Tudor housewife had to do more than just cook! This day will be based in Bayleaf farmhouse and concentrate on tasks outside of the detached kitchen – spring cleaning, laundry, the garden, fibre preparation and spinning, simple sewing techniques of the period, medical treatments available to a yeoman family, the clothing worn.

The tutor

Lesley Parker is a freelance historic interpreter with over 20 years experience in the Museum sector. She has previously worked and taught courses as a member of the Interpretation team at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum and she has extensive experience in interpreting a range of historical periods. Previously she worked at Fishbourne Roman Palace and she taught history at secondary level.

Participant information

Places are limited to 8 people.
Please wear appropriate clothing as we will be using real fires (long trousers from natural materials and no open toe shoes).


£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 Open Air 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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