Historic Trades and Crafts

  • Letter carving in stoneSaturday 29 February 2020
    9.30am-5pm The course For the beginners one-day letter cutting course you will learn how to carve your own monogram or house number in stone using hand tools. Students will be shown how to draw out their own designs on paper, transfer them onto the stone and carve them into the stone using a hammer and... (more info)
  • Stone carving: ammoniteSunday 1 March 2020
    9.30am-5pm The course Participants will be taken through the process of marking out, roughing out and finishing a relief stone carving using hand tools. This workshop is suitable for beginners who wish to develop skills in stone carving. You will work on a design in Bath stone. We will also look at where to purchase... (more info)
  • Leather beltSaturday 15 February 2020
    10am-4.30pm The course Make a unique leather belt from English vegetable tanned leather using various techniques and finishes with a choice of buckles. The tutor Jon Lewington is a design engineer with a lifelong interest in rural trades and crafts who specializes in recreating bygone leather objects using traditional methods. Participant information Participants are advised... (more info)
  • Leaded-light stained glassSaturday 4 April 2020
    10am-4pm The course Make a small leaded stained glass panel, and learn many skills including how to cut glass to a precise pattern and join pieces using lead cames. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. The tutor David Lilly trained in the art of stained glass in Brighton in 2001 and opened his... (more info)
  • Mill experienceSaturday 4 April 2020
    9.30am-12.30pm The course Spend the morning in our 400 year old watermill. Learn the history of the mill, where it was originally built, its life as a working parish mill and its eventual gift to the Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common... (more info)
  • Leather pouch workshopSaturday 4 April 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Make a leather belt pouch from English vegetable tanned leather with a choice of fittings, for use in bushcraft, re-enactment, gardening or just walking the dog! The tutor Jon Lewington is a design engineer with a lifelong interest in rural trades and crafts who specializes in recreating bygone leather objects using traditional... (more info)
  • Make a hand-sewn bookSunday 5 April 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course During this workshop students will make three different non-adhesive books; a pamphlet booklet, a long stitched book and a multi section case bound type book with soft covers. These styles of bindings allows for the use of a variety of paper weights including graph paper, tracing paper and envelopes and paper with... (more info)
  • Medieval tile makingSaturday 16 May 2020
    9.30am-5pm The course A practical day with the opportunity to design your own tiles, or use pre-made patterns, with information on historical aspects of the craft. Each participant can choose four tiles to be fired and sent to them after the course. The tutor Karen Slade has been demonstrating tile making since 1996 and enjoys... (more info)
  • Bronze axe castingSunday 14 June 2020
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-4.30pm The course The course begins with a short introductory talk and handling session of replica tools and materials used in the Bronze Age. Students will prepare moulds and begin working the furnace to melt copper and tin. They will then... (more info)
  • Bronze dagger casting workshopSaturday 22 August 2020
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-4.30pm The course After an introductory talk and a chance to look at replica tools and materials, you will prepare the moulds and begin working the furnace to cast the Bronze Age inspired daggers. At the end of the day the... (more info)
  • Copper smelting and bronze axe casting weekendSaturday 8 - Sunday 9 August 2020
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-4.30pm The course The course begins with a short introductory talk and handling session of replica tools and materials used in the Bronze Age. Students will prepare crucibles, crush copper ore and charcoal before working the bellows to produce a lump... (more info)
  • Flint tool knappingSunday 12 July 2020
    10am-4pm The course An introduction to the skill of flint knapping. You will go through the techniques and the aim of the day is for everyone to be able to go away and replicate what they have learnt. The tutors James Dilley is a PhD student at the University of Southampton, a craftsman and re-enactor... (more info)
  • Mill experienceSunday 11 October 2020
    9.30am-12.30pm The course Spend the morning in our 400 year old watermill. Learn the history of the mill, where it was originally built, its life as a working parish mill and its eventual gift to the Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common... (more info)
  • Mill experienceSunday 20 September 2020
    9.30am-12.30pm The course Spend the morning in our 400 year old watermill. Learn the history of the mill, where it was originally built, its life as a working parish mill and its eventual gift to the Weald & Downland, including its reconstruction at the museum. Learn about the different types of mill and their common... (more info)
  • Stone carving: Tudor RoseSaturday 31 October - Sunday 1 November 2020
    9.30-5pm The course A two-day workshop teaching participants how to mark out, rough out and finish a Tudor Rose design in Bath stone. The course will also cover carving techniques, sharpening and look at where to buy tools and stone. By the end of the two days participants will be able to take away a... (more info)