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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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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Clothing in Seventeen-Century Provincial England

6.30pm-8pm The Talk This talk will draw on Danae’s forthcoming book, Clothing in Seventeenth-Century Provincial England (Bloomsbury, September 2019), which focuses on the clothing of men, women and children living in Sussex. It will explore the ways in which cloth and clothing were being produced, distributed and acquired and how much choice men and women

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Spaddles & Sorbets: A history of ice cream

The Talk From delicate dessert tables, to processed wafer cones, ices have been part of the British diet for over 400 years. Yet our modern versions pale compared to the glories of the past. Made with the most basic of equipment, but moulded in ever more intricate ways, and flavoured with combinations we’d not even

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The Minstrel’s Progress

6.30pm-8pm The Talk Paul Baker takes us on a giddy excursion across the musical landscape of Elizabethan England. Wearing gentleman’s clothes scandalously above his station, and wielding an impressive array of authentic instruments, he takes us from the Court to the Tavern to the Town Hall to the Barber’s Shop, playing and singing the latest

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The landscape of Sussex in the Tudor period

6.30pm-8pm The Talk Perhaps the most obvious feature of the early modern Sussex landscape, at least to 21st century eyes, is the proliferation of country houses built – from Stansted and Cowdray in the west to Ashburnham and Brede Place in the east, these great houses certainly made their mark on the landscape. But the

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A window on the past: Festivals, processions and celebrations in late medieval Renaissance

6.30pm-8pm The Talk The art of the late Middle Ages can give us a vivid picture of life at that time, which is depicted with increasing realism as we move into the Renaissance period. The paintings also recreate the atmosphere of the popular festivals, religious processions and mystery plays that were regular events in the

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