Saturday 5 August 2017
A day in the Museum’s newly erected Anglo-Saxon building in a woodland setting. The Anglo-Saxons had names for nearly 400 different herbs. Many we are familiar with in our daily life today, others less so. Through some recipes with many ingredients, others requiring charms or prayers, a few involving diet, we will be exploring the Anglo-Saxon views on health, sickness and treating a variety of ailments. Special emphasis will be given to prominent herbs of the period such as mugwort, and waybroad. Through gathering herbs, making a salve, pottage to eat, herbal drinks, a cough remedy and applications we will work towards an understanding of recipes from the Leechbooks of the period.
Christina Stapley BSc (Hons) MCPP is now a retired qualified medical herbalist with a degree in Phytotherapy (plant therapy). She has grown some 300 herbs, studied and used them for over 30 years. Her Hampshire garden was featured on television several times. She has written three books on cultivating and using herbs in cookery, fragrant recipes, wines and liqueurs, crafts and home remedies. Christina has also edited and interpreted a 17th century book of cookery and physic recipes.
Places are limited to 10 people. Please bring with you a pen and paper. Please bring warm outdoor clothing and suitable shoes as the course will take place in one of the Museum’s exhibit buildings.
£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 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.