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Watch the reassembly of a medieval house, 18-19 June

By 5 June 2016January 26th, 2021No Comments

Our visitors have a rare opportunity to see traditional timber-framing techniques in action on 18 and 19 June 2016 at our Raising the Frame event. Starting on Saturday 18 June, the frame of a medieval house from Sole Street, Kent, will start to be reassembled near the centre of the Museum site.

Joe Thompson, Museum Carpenter-in-Residence, and his team of Heritage Lottery Funded trainees have painstakingly surveyed and repaired every inch of the building’s timbers, and its reassembly – using traditional timber-framing techniques – will be a fascinating sight.

Frame of a medieval house from Sole Street, Kent


Enjoy demonstrations, including: peg-making, blacksmithing, and wattle and daub. There will also be an information tent where visitors can learn about the medieval house from Sole Street, Kent.

Visitors will also be able to see the progress of our Gateway Project buildings – a new visitor centre, café and shop – which are modern timber-framed buildings under construction. Members of Green Oak Carpentry, Liss, who are working on the modern buildings, will be on hand to talk to visitors.


  • Each morning at 12.00noon, Annabelle Hughes (on Saturday) and Richard Harris (on Sunday) will give a talk about the medieval house from Sole Street, putting it into historic context with other rural dwellings.
  • Each afternoon at 2.30pm, Danae Tankard, Museum Historian, will give a fascinating talk on the medieval building’s social history.

Information for visitors

Our Raising the Frame event will take place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016 at the Museum. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

Regular admission charges apply and the Museum will open daily from 10.30am, closing at 6pm. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.