Anglo-Saxon hall house reconstruction Weald & Downland Museum

Anglo-Saxon Hall House: Official Opening

Friday 14 October to Saturday 15 October 2016
10.30am - 6pm

The reconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon House at the Museum, using carefully researched evidence, external specialists and a construction team with wide experience of timber framing, has been a special achievement for the Museum.

The house has been thatched, wattle and daub walls completed, with the interior finished for the official opening on 14 – 15 October. Over our two-day event there will be a fascinating programme of talks, demonstrations and readings, which will help to bring the Anglo-Saxon period to life.

The following activities and demonstrations are planned but are subject to change.

Friday 14th October
At the Saxon building (map ref. 51):
11.30 Opening of the Saxon building, with pupils from West Dean Primary School
11.45 Everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England. Readings in Old English with explanations – Stephen Pollington, Historian and Author
1.00 Herbs for the Elfshot and Flying Venoms. Informal talk – Christina Stapley, Medicinal Herbalist
2.00 Thatching the Saxon building. Informal talk – Chris Tomkins, Thatcher
2.30 Everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England. Readings in Old English with explanations – Stephen Pollington, Historian and Author
3.00 Athelfarthingwort, Harespeckle and more – Anglo-Saxon herbs in daily life. Informal talk – Christina Stapley, Medicinal Herbalist

See Saxon pottery being made and fired near the building, hewing demonstration and herbal display throughout the day. Also see the Saxon dugout boat and have a go at wattling.

Saturday 15th October
At the Saxon building (map ref. 51) unless another location is given:
11am Athelfarthingwort, Harespeckle and more – Anglo-Saxon herbs in daily life. Informal talk – Christina Stapley, Medicinal Herbalist
11.30 Everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England. Readings in Old English with explanations – Stephen Pollington, Historian and Author
12.00 talk by Dr Mark Gardiner, lead archaeologist on excavation of the building from Steyning.
12.30 Treewrighting in Saxon England. An informal presentation by Dr Damian Goodburn
1.00 Herbs for the Elfshot and Flying Venoms. Informal talk – Christina Stapley, Medicinal Herbalist
1.30 Everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England. Readings in Old English with explanations – Stephen Pollington, Historian and Author
2.30 talk by Dr Mark Gardiner, lead archaeologist on excavation of the building from Steyning. In Crawley Hall
3.15 Early music and musical instruments. Informal talk – Jez Smith, Musician
3.30 Everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England. Readings in Old English with explanations – Stephen Pollington, Historian and Author

See Saxon pottery being made and fired near the building, Saxon textile demonstrations and musical instruments and herbal display throughout the day. Also see the Saxon dugout boat and have a go at wattling.

We hope you will join us for this special occasion and, if you are visiting between now and then,
those working on the structure will be happy to chat to you about their tasks.