Soap making

Traditional Soapmaking & Perfumes

The Course

From earliest evidence to craft revival, we look at how soap developed and make pure olive Castile soap, Tudor inspired herb washballs and a hot processed olive and coconut oil soap richly scented to an original Victorian recipe to take away. We’ll also consider the popular scents of each period as we go and use those to inform our practical experiments. Class format is a mixture of hands-on workshop and in depth talk and will provide a thorough working knowledge of the history and practicality of soapmaking.

The Tutor

Sally Pointer has a background in archaeology and in museum education. She is the author of ‘The Artifice of Beauty, a practical guide to perfumes and cosmetics’ and now works as a freelance heritage educator exploring traditional crafts through practical experiments. She is currently writing a new full scale book on the history and archaeology of soap.

Participant Information

All materials will be provided.

Fee & Refreshments

£80 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know if you have any dietary requirements. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

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 27 May 2022






Countryside Crafts & Skills