Healthy homes from natural materials, inspired by the simplicity of the past

6.30pm-8pm The Talk Learn how using natural materials can create healthy living and working environments with excellent indoor air quality, that are cosy, delightful and easy to heat. This talk focuses on building with straw, either in the artisan way as a self/community build, or with pre-fabricated panels for speed. It will show you the

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Kevin Bacon Family History Laboratory

6.30pm-8pm The Talk An interactive experiment to make family history links between members and to verify if the ‘six degrees of separation’ has any relationship to Family History Research. It will explore the connections members have to each other and how they may be related by genes, place or event. The laboratory may stimulate members

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The life and times of a medieval timber-framed farmstead and its people in the 16th century

6.30pm-8pm The Talk A fully illustrated talk with over 75 photographs and drawings, bringing vividly to life how a farmhouse of c.1475 was built, and how the Coppard family furnished it, and lived their household, farming and social lives in the 16th and 17th centuries. The talk is based on research into ‘Coppard’s’, a four-bay

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Museums at Night

On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November 2019 we will open our doors from 6.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks. These enchanting walks offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – you will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series

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Museums at Night

On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November 2019 we will open our doors from 6.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks. These enchanting walks offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – you will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series

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Lost decoration of historic buildings

10am-4.30pm The course In this day school we will explore the lost decorations of grand buildings, from sources such as The Painted Chamber at Westminster and Holbein’s mural at Whitehall, as well as the less grand. We will see how fashions influenced churches, houses and hospitals, with examples from Windsor, Canterbury, Coventry and elsewhere. The

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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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Vernacular paint techniques: stencilling

10am-4pm The course An overview of the history of the decorative technique of stencilling followed by a hands-on practical session. Students will learn how to design, cut and apply stencilled patterns. The talks will be followed by practical demonstrations on how to make a decent lime mortar properly, so that a tradesman can use it.

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How to date and understand Georgian and Victorian Sash Windows

10:30am – 1pm The course Spend a morning examining and learning from original examples of windows from the Brooking Collection, and find out the development of sash windows over time. The course will be of interest to home owners and those who work with historic buildings. The tutor Charles Brooking is an architectural historian and

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Lime plasters

9.30am-5pm The course An introduction to the use of lime plasters and lime mortars for homeowners and professionals working with historic buildings. The focus will be on the use of lime as interior and exterior damp management system, the repair of damaged brickwork and decorative finishes. We will view samples of lime within the grounds

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