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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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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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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Clothing the Poor in 17th Century Sussex

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

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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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Colour used in historic buildings

10am-5pm The course How and when was colour applied to historic buildings externally and internally? What are the clues to look for? The main focus of this lecture-based day is brick and timber framed buildings. Suitable for specialists and home owners. The tutor Timothy Easton is an independent academic, and has written widely on rituals

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The Houses of the Weald from Medieval to Early Modern

9.30am-5pm The course This day school will look at houses in the Weald as homes in which families lived and worked. It will consider both the continuity and changes which occurred from the late Medieval period, through transitional stages to the early-modern era. It will place the houses in both their historical context and landscape

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