Historic timber framed building

How To Date Timber-Framed Buildings In The South East

The Course

Using our exhibit buildings from the South East, participants learn how to investigate stylistic evidence including the number, position and arrangement 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 carpenter in residence 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

£120 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.

This course is fully booked.  Please email courses@wealddown.co.uk or call 01243 811021 if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

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Fri 23 September 2022






Historic Buildings,
Historic Trades & Crafts