Historic Life

  • Shooting the traditional longbowThursday 24 September 2020
    10am-5pm The course An introduction to the art and craft of longbow archery. The day focuses on the history and traditions of this remarkable weapon, including intensive tuition in the practice of longbow archery, using a range of different bows. Suitable for the beginner and more experienced archer alike. The tutor Jonathan Davies has been... (more info)
  • Shooting the traditional longbowFriday 25 September 2020
    10am-5pm The course An introduction to the art and craft of longbow archery. The day focuses on the history and traditions of this remarkable weapon, including intensive tuition in the practice of longbow archery, using a range of different bows. Suitable for the beginner and more experienced archer alike. The tutor Jonathan Davies has been... (more info)
  • Nettle fibre workshop: from sting to spinFriday 4 September 2020
    FULL
    10am-4.30pm The course Did you know that you can make cordage, yarn and cloth from our local nettles? Stinging nettles have been used as a fibre plant for textiles for over 3000 years in the UK. Nettles are of great interest again since they are one of the most sustainable local fibres you can imagine.... (more info)
  • Tudor bakingWednesday 16 September 2020
    10am-4pm The course Experience a baking day in a Tudor yeoman’s kitchen.  Make and bake a variety of breads eaten in the sixteenth century.  Try different cooking methods and discover the importance of bread to the Tudor diet and economy. Participant information Places are limited to 8 people. Please bring with you: Pen and paper,... (more info)
  • Dyeing with madderThursday 3 September 2020
    10am-4pm The course Take an in depth look at dyeing with madder and discover a range of reds, orange and pink dyes all from one dyebath. We’ll compare dyebaths made with chopped roots and prepared extract, and build up a sample book of swatches in wool, cotton, silk and linen whilst finding out more about... (more info)
  • History of soapSaturday 29 February 2020
    10am-4pm The course From earliest evidence to craft revival, we look at how soap developed and make hot processed soft soap, pure olive Castile soap and Tudor inspired herb washballs to take away. Class format is a mixture of hands on workshop and in depth talk and will provide a thorough working knowledge of the... (more info)
  • Introduction to falconrySaturday 10 October 2020
    FULL
    10:30am-4pm The course Tailored  for those who have a keen interest in Falconry and birds of prey. During this session you will gain a basic understanding of birds of prey, their training and care whilst providing a hands-on experience holding and flying falconry birds. Learn all about the nature of the birds and the ancient... (more info)
  • Wild foodSunday 20 September 2020
    9am-4pm The course This course is aimed as an introduction to the world of wild food, focusing specifically on the plants and trees although we won’t ignore fungi should we manage to find any. We will also explore their myriad of other uses such as providing cures for ailments, refreshing drinks, or maybe something to... (more info)
  • Introduction to falconrySaturday 6 June 2020
    10:30am-4pm The course Tailored for those who have a keen interest in Falconry and birds of prey. During this session you will gain a basic understanding of birds of prey, their training and care whilst providing a hands-on experience holding and flying falconry birds. Learn all about the nature of the birds and the ancient... (more info)
  • Exploring the English language through timeWednesday 30 September 2020
    Saxon house opening October 2016
    10am-4.30pm The course This workshop considers the development of the English language, from Old English via Middle English through to Early Modern English by exploring selected works from each of these time periods. Our linguistic and cultural journey will include selected texts by Chaucer and Shakespeare amongst others as well as a detailed analysis of... (more info)
  • Make a Medieval long stitch bookSunday 29 November 2020
    10:30am-3:30pm The course On this course you will learn how to make a medieval long stitch book in leather with linen thread using techniques that have not changed in 400 years. You will have a fully functional notebook complete with wrap around tie by the end of the course. The tutors Marysa de Veer runs... (more info)
  • Everyday life in Tindalls CottageFriday 25 September 2020
    FULL
    10am-4.30pm The course Gain an insight into life in the mid-Georgian period. Tindalls has been furnished circa 1760 and has a working oven and brewhouse. We will investigate changes in the home from the previous century; cook a meal using the brick oven, open hearth and copper; look at clothing of the period. The tutor... (more info)
  • 1pm – 4.30pm The course This half-day course focuses on the clothing of poor men, women and children living in 17th-century Sussex, including those living in the poorest households who were dependent upon parish welfare to get by.  We will look at the amount and variety of clothing owned by the poor and how they... (more info)
  • DairyingSaturday 19 September 2020
    11am-2pm The course A session based on the newly finished Eastwick Park Dairy at the Museum. A hands-on session in the basics of making butter and a soft cheese. The tutor Marc Meltonville, Royal Palace Food Historian, has worked on displays of historic cookery and the reconstruction of kitchens at many of the six Royal... (more info)