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Weald & Downland Spring/Summer Dementia Friendly Sessions 2016

We are delighted to announce the following dates of sessions as part of our Spring/Summer 2016 Dementia Friendly sessions:

Gridshell artefact store
Thursday 14 April, 2.30pm-4pm

artefact store





In small groups you can explore this wonderful area of the Museum, which holds a fascinating collection of our smaller objects. Take a seats and chat with the Museum team about some 20th century objects as well as those from further in the past. Many objects relate to traditional trades and crafts, with the contents of some whole workshops in the store.

Tastes of the past
Thursday 21 April, 2.30pm – 4pm






Take a seat near the fire in our house from Walderton, as we mix a simple recipe and cook it on the fire. You can also have a taster of pottage, a thick soup, which many of our rural ancestors would have lived on as a staple of their diet. We will also take a look in the historic garden at what is growing there.

Sounds of the past
Tuesday 26 April, 2.30pm – 4pm

blacksmith’s demonstration







Come with us on a short walk to explore an area of craft activity at the Museum. This is likely to be the blacksmith’s forge.

Traditional crafts: textiles
Saturday 7 May, 2.30pm – 4pm

Wool is a wonderful material that the people living in the buildings on the Museum’s site have used for centuries to keep warm, as we do today. You will see spinning, carding and items made from textiles as well as having the chance to have a go yourself, if you would like, with a drop spindle and carders. We will have a look at some of the historic clothing made here and it is possible to see Southdown sheep at the Museum.

Smells of the past
Thursday 19 May, 2.30pm – 4pm

Meet the rose family course





Bad smells in the past were thought to cause illness; without knowing all we do from modern medicine there are elements of herbal knowledge that are close to what we used today. Herbs were grown and used in the home to scent it, as well as for health and nutritional reasons. During this session we will explore the ways people made their home and person smell nice, and we will make pomander beads. If fine, we will go outside into one of the gardens.

Tudor Farmhouse
Tuesday 24 May, 2.30pm – 4pm

Bayleaf Garden at the height of summer 880 x 440





One of our best known buildings is Bayleaf farmhouse, a beautiful Tudor building. The hall is a truly beautiful place to sit and hear about this building. This is a chance to explore the farmstead; both inside and a little outside, where you can see the orchard, garden, detached kitchen and barn.

How to book

Each session will start at 2.30pm and will last for 45 minutes. Tea, coffee and cake will be served at the end of the session.

A small charge of £3 per person applies. If you are interested in taking part please phone us on 01243 811021 or email [email protected] to find out more and to book your place (pre-booking is essential).


Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership

Our sessions are run as part of Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership’s ‘Living Well with Dementia Festival, a programme of dementia-friendly arts and cultural activities in and around Chichester for adults living with dementia, their family and friends.

Click here to download the full timetable of events and here for information about the sessions and participating venues.


Dementia Friends

There are also two free one-hour Dementia Friends sessions, which are open to anyone who would like to learn more about what it is like to live with dementia. Pre-booking is essential so please contact the venue to reserve your space:

  • Thursday 12 May 2016, 2pm Chichester Festival Theatre. Contact Louise Rigglesford on 01243 784437 ext. 2121 or email [email protected]
  • Wednesday 25 May, 3.30pm Fishbourne Roman Palace. Contact Katrina Burton on 01243 785859 or email [email protected]

The Festival is sponsored by Chichester In Partnership.