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Historic Life Weekend: Heritage Crafts and Skills at Risk (cancelled)

Saturday 01 August to Sunday 02 August 2020
10.30am - 4.00pm

There are many traditional skills and crafts that now have few people with a working knowledge of them. During this weekend we will bring together a range of craftspeople who practice different skills and offer the opportunity to see many skills first hand, with displays and demonstrations of the tools and skills needed for different crafts. Many of the crafts will be those listed in the Heritage Craft Association’s Red List of Endangered Crafts.

Also during the weekend, we will have demonstrations of different methods of charcoal burning – from a traditional earth burn to modern mini-kiln methods. Very few craftspeople are associated also with these skills and seeing the range of charcoal burns together is also something not to miss.

You can also find out about the work of the Heritage Crafts Association during this weekend.


For 2020 we have a series of Historic Life weekends focusing on different historical angles of the Museum’s collection. There will be a chance to chat to experts, see demonstrations and displays as well as explore the Museum. These are ideal for people specifically interested in the subject areas, as well as those generally interested in a topic and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.

A full programme for each weekend will be published online about a month ahead and the programmes are subject to change.


The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore, with many demonstrations such as how food was prepared in the Tudor kitchen and how flour is milled in the watermill – where you can buy grain and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Also enjoy the fresh air and see the heavy horses and the other traditional breed farm animals including pigs, chickens and geese. There are lovely woodland walks and children can explore our woodland play area and family activity barn.

Our waterside café will be open (serving 9am-3pm), plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please note that the Museum is a no-smoking site. Visitors with access needs are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit.

All activities are subject to change.