Pendean farmhouse from midhurst, sussex

Exploring the History of a House: An Introduction

The Course

This day course looks at the documentary evidence for the history of houses, with an emphasis on what it can tell us about their social history. It will introduce participants to the sources and to some of the ways in which you can explore the history of the development of your house, find out about who was there before you, and how they may have lived.

The Tutor

Ian Friel has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Lancaster, an MA in English Local History from the University of Leicester and a PhD in medieval maritime and technological history from the University of Keele. Ian has worked for 30 years in the museum world. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) of London in 2000. He became a freelance writer, historian and museum consultant in 2007. His work since then has included both museum and media consultancy work. He also give talks and leads guided walks, as well as writing both fiction and history.

Participant Information

Participants might wish to bring a notepad or paper.

Fee & Refreshments

£65 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.


Sun 18 October 2020






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