Historic Life Weekend: Wood Crafts & Uses

Saturday 15 June to Sunday 16 June 2019
10.30am - 5.30pm

Wood is an essential building material, for homes, furniture and much more.  During this weekend you can find out about the way it is worked into the different forms, with demonstrations from a range of craftspeople and displays. For example, discover which trees are used for which purposes? How is this resource managed to best use in the past and today? How do people learn these craft skills?

Father’s day is on Sunday, 16 June. So why not enjoy a day out at the Museum, where there will be plenty of things to see and do for Dads, Granddads and the whole family to enjoy.

Programme for Saturday 15 June
Programme for Sunday 16 June

Over the course of this weekend there will be a traditional charcoal earth burn, with a team to explain the processes of each stage. Other activities include:

  • tyring and the working woodyard, Ben Headon
  • coppice management, Jon Roberts, Rural Life Interpreter with Museum team
  • clog making, Jeremy Atkinson
  • hurdle making, Julian Bell, Museum Curator
  • ox bows and scythes, Mark Allery
  • ash axe haft demonstration, with tool tool restoration, Ian Swain
  • woodland skills (kindling bundler – Saturday; coathangers from hazel – Sunday), Alan Waters
  • chair making, Mervyn Mewis
  • shakes and wooden pegs, Justin Owen
  • bow making, Wayne Jones
  • bowl carving, Jon Warwicker and James Pumfrey
  • pole lathe turning, Mike Gordon, Andrew Coleman, Andy Byham and Claire Beale
  • spoon/bowl carving, Amy Leake
  • spoon carving, Steve Scott, Trades and Crafts Interpreter
  • leatherwork and carving, Claudine Cecil
  • chestnut coppice products, Colin Hampton
  • twig pencil making and pyrography, Meike Wonders
  • wood carving, Sarah Goss
  • Daywood carvers
  • peg making, Alan Wood
  • willow work, Linda Mills
  • Charles Brooking architectural display
  • Edward Barnsley Workshop display
  • Chichester College furniture tutors and students


For 2019 we have a new 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 and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.

All activities are subject to change.

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