William Cobbett walk

Starts at 2pm The walk William Cobbett took one of his famous “Rural Rides” through East Dean to Singleton on 2nd August 1823, and admired what he saw on the way. Starting at 2pm we will walk the same route – about 4 miles – ending up at the Museum for tea and a short

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Make a folding table

9.30am-4.30pm The course Starting with sawn boards for the table top and materials for the leg structure, each student will design and create their own individual table. Styles and sizes will vary depending on the maker and the intended use and location of the table. No previous experience necessary, although attendance of other green wood

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Dairying

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

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Sussex chair course

9.30am-4.30pm The course Spend a week making a traditional post and rung chair. Get to grips with cleaving, shaving, steam bending and setting, then the lay-out and jointwork of the necessary parts. This course is the ideal follow-on from any of the shorter similar courses in the programme, but although that will be helpful, it

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Wood block textiles printing

9.30am-4.30pm The course A hands-on day of using wooden blocks, and learn a method that is different from printing on paper; Ink pads, dabbers, or brushes are used to apply inks – the wood blocks are positioned onto the material, and pressure applied by hand, or by striking with a wooden mallet to print repeat

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Rogation Sunday “Beating the Bounds”

Starts at 2pm The walk Rogation Sunday was the day when the local clergyman led his parishioners round the parish boundary to “Beat the Bounds”. Starting at 2pm we will walk round the boundary of the Museum – a walk of about 2 miles, stopping to take in the views and interesting places around rarely-explored

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Everyday life in Tindalls Cottage

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

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Inspired by the Museum: Historic clothing day

10am-4pm The course A workshop to really hone your drawing skills by sketching live models dressed in the historic clothing made at the Museum. We will use mostly chalk and charcoal on coloured paper for short sketches, and pencils or pastels for longer, detailed poses. You will be shown various methods to help you break

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Inspired by the Museum: Acrylics

10am-4pm The course A crash course in painting the beautiful historic buildings of the Museum using the comparatively modern medium of acrylic paints. In the morning we will look at different styles and methods of using acrylic paints with brushes and palette knives before making preparatory sketches outdoors. After lunch you will have time to

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Exploring the history of a house: an introduction

10am-4.30pm The course This day course looks at the documentary evidence for the history of houses, with an emphasis on what it can tell us about their social history. It will introduce participants to the sources and to some of the ways in which you can explore the history of the development of  your house,

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