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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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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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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Tudor Christmas food

10am-4pm The course Ditch the turkey, and have a go with something really traditional! A Tudor Christmas was a time of food, food and more food, when all the best things came out of the store cupboard to fuel twelve days of eating, drinking and making merry. We shall be cooking up a storm with

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Ploughing with heavy horses

10.00am to 3.30pm The course A day giving participants the opportunity to work with the Museum’s team of heavy horses and have a thoroughly enjoyable day. The course is hands-on and very physical. On this day participants will learn the basics of ploughing, including preparing the harness and the plough for work in the field.

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Willow Christmas trees

9:30am-4pm The course Make a small Christmas tree (18 to 24 inches tall) using assorted willow, makes the perfect tree for a small windowsill or table. Once you have made it use battery LED lights for decoration. The tutor Linda Mills has been working with willow since 2004, she sells her products at various events

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Ploughing with heavy horses

10.00am to 3.30pm The course A day giving participants the opportunity to work with the Museum’s team of heavy horses and have a thoroughly enjoyable day. The course is hands-on and very physical. On this day participants will learn the basics of ploughing, including preparing the harness and the plough for work in the field.

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