how to date timber framed buildings in the south east

How to Date Timber-Framed Buildings in the South

The Course

Using our exhibit buildings from the South East, participants learn how to investigate style, number and position of timbers to date buildings from the late 1300s to the 1900s.

The day provides a wonderful opportunity to investigate different types of timber-framed buildings and will include:
• Learning how to spot the differences between a crown post and a king post.
• Seeing how radically roofs change between the medieval and Georgian periods.
• Watching purlin(s) appear and disappear, and observing how braces change shape and length becoming concealed over the centuries.
• Marvel at the skill of the carpenters and their work, and how their tools and techniques evolved to meet the changing needs of their customers.

The Tutor

Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak & Iron is the MSc Timber Building Conservation Programme Leader  at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. He teaches a range of historic carpentry courses at the Museum. He has developed a keen analytical eye and a scholar’s passion for following and interpreting the evidence along with a natural skill in teaching.

Participant Information

The course will be limited to 12 participants, and is suitable for all. No special clothing or equipment is required, but please bring outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

Fee & Refreshments

£135 per person for full participation in the workshop, to include teas, coffees and a light lunch. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Book course



Thu 19 September 2024






Timber Framed Buildings