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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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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: 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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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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Magical protection of historic buildings

10am-5pm The course A lecture-based day to find out more about how the elements of protection that were part of the fabric of historic buildings. These might be spiritual middens, the contents of which have been carefully analysed as well as exactly where they have been found in the building. These groupings of object might

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Christmas Corn Dollies

10am-4pm The course The workshop will impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.  With the festive season in sight,  participants will have the opportunity to create a range of Christmas themed corn dollies or idols.  They will learn about the materials used,

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Tool sharpening

9.30am-5pm The course Learn how to sharpen wood cutting tools to professional standards and select new or second-hand tools that are well engineered. This two day course has been designed for those with little or no previous tool sharpening experience, who enjoy working with wood but have found difficulty achieving a satisfying standard of work

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