Wattle and daub

Wattle & Daub

The Course

Wattle and daub was commonly used to infill panels in timber framed buildings. The exact wood used for the wattle and the mix which was daubed over it to keep the wind and weather out were dependent on the materials available locally.

There are many examples of wattle and daub panels at the Museum, some are historic, having been saved from the original buildings and re-fitted, and some have been replicated. Students will have the opportunity to view a selection of these and other samples in the artefact store, followed by a practical hands-on session and a lecture on the appraisal and techniques of repair. 

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.

As the course will take place in the unheated Gridshell Workshop, warm and practical clothing should be worn. Please bring a pair of wellies.

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 26 September 2024






Timber Framed Buildings