Rural Life Weekend: Charcoal & Woodyard

Saturday 25 August to Monday 27 August 2018
10.30am - 5.30pm

Visitors to the Museum over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August, can experience a traditional charcoal burn and a whole host of demonstrations in our working woodyard.

During the weekend an early 20th century earth clamp is built, fired and emptied of charcoal at the Museum. Led by our Rural Life Interpreter, Jon Roberts, a team will tend the clamp and talk to visitors about the charcoal burning process and its importance in south east England.


Visitors can enjoy demonstrations of traditional skills at the woodyard throughout the weekend. These vary daily and all activities are subject to change.

Free talks

In addition to demonstrations, our visitors can also enjoy free 10-minute taster talks in the woodyard.


For a full list of planned activities, see the links below:

Charcoal and Woodyard – What’s on Saturday 25 August 2018

Charcoal and Woodyard – What’s on Sunday 26 August 2018

Charcoal and Woodyard – What’s on Monday 27 August 2018