Life in a late Victorian Cottage

Saturday 13 May 2017


The course

This course is based in Whitakers Cottage. The late Victorian period was a time of accelerating social change for the working classes. Spend the day investigating how a family lived: experience first hand the new free education by participating in a lesson in the school from Wittering, learn about changes in diet & where food came from; prices & coinage – work out the weekly budget of a labouring family; participate in a selection of household chores; investigate the clothing of the period & how it was made.

The tutor

Lesley Parker has a BA (Hons) in history and has taught history and been involved in museum education in Sussex for the last 15 years, including at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. In her role at the Museum she interpreted the social history of the buildings for museum visitors, she is now a freelance Museum educator and food is one of her life-long passions.

Participant information

Places are limited to 8 participants.
Please bring warm outdoor clothing as the course will take place in one of the Museum’s exhibit buildings.


£60 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a 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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