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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The Swing Riots in West Sussex

6.30pm-8pm The Talk The name Swing Riots is taken from the sending of anonymous letters, as in the earlier Luddite riots in the north of England. There, letters were often signed by a mythical ‘Ned Ludd’. Likewise some Swing Riot letters are signed by the mythical ‘Captain Swing’. However, although there are some similarities the

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Heritage and Housing

2pm-3.30pm The Talk Providing enough houses for people to live in is one of the great issues affecting England today. It is an issue for people looking to buy new homes and settle into new areas, but also one for those wanting to protect the distinctiveness of their historic towns and villages. Most new house

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Museums at Night

On Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October  2020 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 30 and Saturday 31 October  2020 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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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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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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