Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Singleton
Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0EU
England

Website

Website

www.wealddown.co.uk

E-mail

office@wealddown.co.uk

Telephone

01243 811363

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As seen on BBC TV’s Tudor Monastery Farm…

Our ancestors’ homes and the way they built them, their animals and the way they raised them, their crops and flowers and the way they grew them…at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum visitors discover how the people of south east England lived over the last 500 years. And it’s all set in 50 glorious acres of the South Downs National Park.

At the heart of the Museum’s collection are 50 historic homes, farms and workplaces that have been rescued and restored as far as possible to their original form. To demonstrate how the original occupants may have lived, many of the houses contain reproduction period furniture, plus the tools and utensils of everyday life. There is an operational 17th century watermill, and a working Tudor kitchen complete with costumed cook.

Children enjoy discovering the differences – and similarities – of our ancestors’ homes and workplaces compared to their own. They will love the open space, walking through the woods, meeting the traditional breed farm animals and watching the Shire horses.

The Museum keeps alive the skills and traditions of the countryside with demonstrations of countryside crafts and skills, and special events throughout the year.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

2014 Opening Times:-

From 2 Jan – 28 Feb open Wed, Sat and Sun only with the exception of half term week, 17 – 21 Feb, when the Museum is open daily.

From 1 March open daily until 22 Dec and daily from 29 Dec – 1 Jan.

Don’t miss the ‘Tudor Christmas’ on 26 Dec – 28 Dec.

Opening times: 10.30am – 6.00pm British Summer Time and 10.30am – 4.00pm rest of the year.

Admission charges

2014 ADMISSION PRICES 2014 £

Adult GA 11.90
Child GA 6.50
65+ GA 10.90
Family GA 33.50

Adult 10.70
Child 5.90
65+ 9.70
Family 30.40
Ch/Sc group 4.00
Ad group >64 10.20
Ad Group 65+ 9.20
Special (incl helper) 4.15

GA = including Gift Aid

Discounts

  • Museums Association

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Over 45 buildings, illustrating the development of buildings in Kent, East and West Sussex, Surrey and eastern Hampshire, have been reconstructed on the Museum's site. They include four medieval houses, seven later houses and cottages (including Tudor and Victorian), a medieval shop, agricultural buildings and craft and trade workshops. The Museum's buildings, together with the expertise gained in dismantling and reconstructing them, are essential for the study of the vernacular architecture in south-east England and of timber framed building. Each building has been carefully reconstructed to a particular period in its history and provides insights into aspects of working domestic life. The primary collection of buildings is supplemented by important collections of building parts, craft and building tools and agricultural equipment. The Museum offers an extensive programme of lifelong learning based on the collections. The Museum's new open-access conservation workshop and artefact store has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will provide a permanent base for training in historic building conservation.

Rescued from destruction, the buildings have been carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt to their original form and bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last 500 years. Wander through these exhibits at your leisure - a majestic timber framed farmhouse from Kent; a striking market hall from Hampshire; a Victorian school; a medieval shop; carpenters, plumbers and brickmakers workshops; barns; a granary and a tread wheel from the South Downs. Many of the interiors have been furnished, recreating the way the buildings were used by their owners centuries ago: seven historic gardens show the herbs, vegetables and flowers grown to meet the needs of rural households from medieval to Victorian times.

See bread, pottage and sweetmeats being prepared in the working Tudor kitchen, you may even be invited to sample the results! Pause at the working water mill where stone ground flour is produced daily, experience a recreated Tudor farm, enjoy a picnic by the millpond or a walk in the woods. Delight in the company of our rare and traditional breeds of farm livestock - working horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. See traditional farming in action and heavy horses at work. Demonstrators regularly show their skills and everyone you meet will be happy to talk about how people lived and worked. Discover the skills of the early carpenters, find out about traditional building techniques and learn how we help to conserve rural crafts.

Hens peck in the straw, woolly faced sheep chew the downland grass and Shire horses work in the fields. Enjoy the rhythm of the traditional countryside and unspoilt landscape. For a complete contrast visit the Downland Gridshell, the museum's workshop and store for supporting collections - in an amazing award-winning architectural tour de force, the first timber gridshell in Britain. Tours daily at 1.30pm. Children will enjoy the freedom to roam in safety and gain hands-on experience of the museums buildings, gardens and animals.

Collection details

Social History, Industry, Archives, Architecture, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gridshell
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Archaeology Exhibition

  • 12 — 14 July 2014

As part of the British Festival of Archeology, this exhibition will introduce you to the deserted medieval village at Hangleton, near Brighton, and the building we've reconstructed here at the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Museum admission charges apply.

Made Not Manufactured Exhibition

  • 4 — 31 August 2014

Alongside a mixed-media exhibition of portraits by photographer Steve Kenward, you can view items from our vast artefact collection and watch craft demonstrations.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Museum admission prices apply.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Skep Making

  • 26 April 2014 10am-4pm

Over the weekend you will get a chance to explore the role of skeps in beekeeping and look into methods of manufacture; consider other uses for what is actually a charming rustic container; start making a skep using tools that can be borrowed; be provided with sufficient long straw and binding cane to complete a skep; be shown techniques for both starting and finishing a skep and have a leaflet with diagrams to allow the skep to be finished at home

The Workshop runs Saturday-Sunday 26-27 April.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

This two-day course cost is £90.00, inclusive of tuition, teas and coffees. The museum café will be open or you can bring your own packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Skep-making-Saturday-Sunday-26-27-April-2014

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Food & Spring Countryside Show at the Weald & Downland Museum

  • 4 — 5 May 2014 10:30am-6pm

Local food producers will be offering tasty produce to try and buy, with cooks producing amazing dishes in the Cookery Theatre. Watch teams of heavy horses working on seasonal tasks and enjoy seasonal activities for the children, horse-drawn wagon rides and traditional and historical demonstrations around the site.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Where

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

Admission

Adults £11.90, over 65's £10.90, children £6.50, family £33.50 (2+3), under 4 years free, Registered disabled/single helper £4.15.

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National Mills Weekend

  • 10 — 11 May 2014 10:30am-6pm

Celebrate National Mills Weekend with us. This year's theme is 'Tales from the Mill'. Try your hand at quern milling, taste biscuits baked using our own flour - and buy some to take home!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Adults £11.90, over 65's £10.90, children £6.50, family £33.50 (2+3), under 4 years free, Registered disabled/single helper £4.15.

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Medieval Tile Making Workshop

  • 11 May 2014 9:30am-5pm

A practical day with the opportunity to design your own tiles, or use pre-made patterns, with information on historical aspects of the craft. Each participant can choose four tiles to be fired and sent to them after the course.

Karen Slade has been demonstrating tile making since 1996 and enjoys learning something new about it every year. In her role as Kate Tiler, she demonstrates medieval tile making all around the country, using replica tools and equipment and traditional methods.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£110.00 per person, to include tuition, tea and coffee. The museum café will be open or you can bring your own packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Medieval-tile-making-workshop-Sunday-11-May-2014

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Tool Sharpening: The Cutting Edge

  • 12 May 2014 9:30am-5pm

During this course you will learn how to sharpen wood cutting tools to professional standards and select new or second-hand tools that are well engineered. From this understanding of the importance of tool technology and the acquisition of tool tuning skills, you will be in a position to experience the pleasure of working wood by hand to a finer degree of accuracy and with less effort.

Students are advised not to buy tools or equipment for the course, but bring any tools they have in whatever condition they may be. Course runs on Monday - Tuesday 12 - 13 May.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£199.00 per person, to include all tuition, teas, coffees and a light lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Tool-sharpening-The-cutting-edge-Monday-Tuesday-12-13-May-2014

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The Weald and Downland Museum at Night

  • 16 — 17 May 2014 8-11pm

We will be opening the Museum on the evenings of Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May from 8:00pm - 11:00pm for booked visitors only. We will be providing guided walks through the Museum site, stopping to visit some of our houses and discover how the people who dwelt there in the past would have lived during the hours of dusk and darkness. How did they light the dark? What did they do in the evenings? What did darkness mean to them? The evening will end with hot drinks and biscuits in our Buildings Craft Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

This is a ticketed event and tickets cost £15 each and can be bought by contacting the Adult Education Team on 01243 811931 or 01243 811021, plus you can email: courses@wealddown.co.uk

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Events-Information/The-Museum-at-Night

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Rogation Sunday - Beating the Bounds Walk

  • 25 May 2014 10:30am-6pm

Country folk used to walk the parish boundary on the Sunday before Ascension. We'll walk right round the Museum site (about two miles) before finishing with refreshments and a talk about this ancient rural tradition. Pre-booking required; tickets are £15.00 each.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are priced at £15.00 each.

Finger Painting

Spring Half Term Activities

  • 26 — 30 May 2014

Make the most of long days and fine May weather with a huge range of arts, crafts, games and activities based in and around the countryside.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • Any age
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £11.90, over 65's £10.90, children £6.50, family £33.50 (2+3), under 4 years free, Registered disabled/single helper £4.15.

Photograph of children salvaging valuable waste at one of their own depots somewhere in Buckinghamshire.

WW1 Home Front in the South Downs

  • 2 — 6 June 2014

Find out how people living in the South Downs contributed to the war effort. Watch demonstrations of charcoal-burning, hurdle-making and forestry and discover how three of our buildings were affected by the Great War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £11.90, over 65's £10.90, children £6.50, family £33.50 (2+3), under 4 years free, Registered disabled/single helper £4.15.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/

Spinning Wheel

Stuart Farmhouse Day in Pendean

  • 4 June 2014 10am-4pm

Experience life in the 1630s by spending a day based in Pendean. Starting with a discussion of our interpretation of a yeoman farmhouse in Stuart times, we will cook a meal using period recipes, lay the table and sample it using the correct table manners of the time; do the housework; make butter in the milkhouse and investigated some remedies to ward off the ever present danger of the plague! Examples of Stuart clothing made by our Historic Clothing Project will be available to examine and try on.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£60.00 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Stuart-farmhouse-day-in-Pendean-Wednesday-4-June-2014

Men of the Royal Scots Greys ride their horses on a road at Brimeux. A windmill can be seen across the fields behind them.
The Royal Scots Greys by on the road at Brimeaux, 25 May 1918.

Horses at War: WW1 and WW2

  • 7 — 8 June 2014 10:30am-6pm

Re-enactments, parades and demonstrations commemorating the centenary of the First World War and 70 years since the D-Day Landings. We'll celebrate the courage of horses in war and their roles on the battlefield and the home front.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £11.90, over 65's £10.90, children £6.50, family £33.50 (2+3), under 4 years free, Registered disabled/single helper £4.15.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/

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Changing Fashions: Rural Clothing 1300-1900

  • 18 June 2014 10am-4:30pm

This one day course will give you an insight into the changing styles in rural clothing between 1300-1900 using the historic clothing made at the Museum.

You will discuss the materials, colours and clothing people wore in our houses and also cover the stitch techniques used.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£60.00 per person, to include all tuition, teas & coffees. The cafe will be open for lunch or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Changing-fashions-rural-clothing-1300-1900-Wednesday-18-June-2014

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Midsummer Celebrations

  • 22 June 2014 10:30am-6pm

Mythago Morris Dancers will herald the summer solstice with their unique brand of dance, music and mummers's plays, while folk group 'Trads' will play the last maypole dance of the year.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £11.90, over 65's £10.90, children £6.50, family £33.50 (2+3), under 4 years free, Registered disabled/single helper £4.15.

Wood

Make a Carpenter's Trestle

  • 4 July 2014 9:30am-5pm

This workshop will give students the opportunity to use the steel square to line-out the trestle components. We will then cut and fit all the components for a Sussex style trestle, to take away with you.

This will develop the students’ knowledge of the use of the steel square, gained on The Roofing Square workshop, but also can be taken as a stand alone course.

Tutor Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak & Iron is carpenter in residence at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. He teaches a range of historic carpentry courses at the Museum.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£110.00 per person, which includes tuition, tools and materials, teas, coffees and a light lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Make-a-carpenter-s-trestle-Friday-4-July-2014

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Historic Gardens Weekend

  • 4 — 6 July 2014

Through guided tours, talks and demonstrations in our six period gardens, discover the gardens that rural households would have grown from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal museum admission charges apply.

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Corn Dolly Workshop

  • 5 July 2014 10am-5pm
  • 7 September 2014 10am-5pm

The aim of this workshop is to impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.

During the day participants will learn about the materials used, how to prepare the materials, a range of weaving techniques and several different designs.

Verna Bailey is a regular demonstrator at the Museum and has been making corn dollies for many years.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and for the more experienced corn dolly enthusiast.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£50.00 per person, to include all tuition, courses materials, tea and coffee. The Museum café will be open or you can bring your own packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Corn-dolly-workshop-Saturday-5-July-2014

Rare & Traditional Breeds Show at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

  • 20 July 2014 10:30am-6pm

Four legs, furry legs, feathered legs...come and get up close to over 500 cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry in this delightful Rare and Traditional Breeds Show. Watch the classes being judged and browse craft & trade stands with a countryside theme; one of the biggest shows of its kind in the South East and hugely popular with visitors and exhibitors alike.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age
  • Any age

Admission

Normal Museum entry applies.

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Prehistoric Pottery

  • 27 July 2014 9:30am-5pm

Working with local clays, students will explore the techniques and create pots that echo those found at the Neolithic causewayed enclosure at the Trundle hill near to the Museum. On the course you will cover clay preparation, as well as three different types of hand building techniques and decoration.

There will be the opportunity to return to the Museum to take part in a pit firing of the pots on Sunday 3 August 2014. The firing day will began at 9am and continue until the pots have finished firing, 6pm or later. If you haven't attended the pit firing you will be sent your pots in the post.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£95.00 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Prehistoric-pottery-Sunday-27-July-2014

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Prehistoric Tool Making

  • 2 August 2014 9:30am-5pm

Working out of doors in the Museum’s grounds, you will use the methods of ancient British people to produce your own hafted tool to take home. Techniques used include flint knapping, cordage manufacture from natural figures and working with bone and antler.

Val and John Lord have been practising ancient skills and technologies for the past 30 years. They now provide valuable services and learning experiences for museums, universities, schools and individual enthusiasts.

Course runs Saturday-Sunday 2-3 August.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£100.00 per person, to include all tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open, or you can bring along a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Prehistoric-tool-making-Saturday-Sunday-2-3-August-2014

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Sussex Trug Making Workshop

  • 2 August 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to steam and bend both chestnut and the willow used for the boards of the Trug.

The final part will involve assembling their Trug to take home and cherish. There will also be an information period when participants will learn some of the history of this most famous of Sussex Crafts.

This weekend serves as an introduction to this traditional Sussex craft and will run from Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd August.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£130.00 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Sussex-trug-making-workshop-Saturday-Sunday-2-3-August-2014

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William Cobbett Walk

  • 2 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

This four-mile walk follows the route taken by farmer and radical journalist William Cobbett on his rural Ride through East dean to Singleton, 201 years ago today.

Tea and short talk afterwards. Pre-booking required and tickets are £15.00 each.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Pre-booking required. Tickets are £15.00 each.

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Bronze Age Copper Smelting

  • 3 August 2014 10am-4pm

Humans have been making items from metal for around 8000 years and the process of turning rock into metal is still as magical to us as it was to our distant ancestors. Spend a day learning where metal comes from and see if you can master the primitive technology of the Bronze Age to learn the art of smelting and produce your own unique nugget of copper to take away as proof of your skill.

The course will take place outside, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£80.00 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Bronze-age-copper-smelting-Sunday-3-August-2014

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Wonderful Wednesdays

  • 6 August 2014 10:30am-6pm
  • 13 August 2014 10:30am-6pm
  • 20 August 2014 10:30am-6pm
  • 27 August 2014 10:30am-6pm

Join us for a day of hands-on countryside skills, traditional crafts, activities and games. Under cover if wet.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission to the Museum.

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Weave a Rush Bag

  • 7 August 2014 9:30am-5pm

Using indigenous common bulrush, you will learn how to make bag either with a shoulder strap or short handles.

Tutor Rachel Frost has been a professional historic milliner for the past 10 years, making hats in a variety of materials for museums and private collections worldwide.
She has recently received the Janet Arnold award for costume research she is currently making a study of early hats in Britain.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£60.00 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Weave-a-rush-bag-Friday-8-August-2014

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Carve a Wooden Bowl

  • 10 August 2014 9am-5pm

Learn the basics of woodcarving with this hands-on course whilst carving a leaf-shaped bowl which can be taken home at the end of the day.

Jess Jay has been carving for 30+ years and tutored the subject at South Downs College. He has attended courses by renowned woodcarvers Ian Norbury and Michael Painter, and he now currently tutors at two courses in the Fareham and Waterlooville areas. He is a Member of the Solent Guild of Woodcarvers and Sculptors and also demonstrates at the Museum once a month with the Daywood Carvers. He holds an accredited certificate in tutoring.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£65.00 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Carve-a-wooden-bowl-Sunday-10-August-2014

Vintage & Steam

  • 16 — 17 August 2014 10:30am-6pm

A traditional steam festival featuring steam engines, commercial vehicles, classic cars, model boats and miniature railways. Ride on the ever-popular steam-powered carousel gallopers at the traditional fair and enjoy music, local crafts and demonstrations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Free with general admission to the Museum.

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Net Making

  • 23 August 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

This hands on course covers the basics of net making, including making a diamond meshed net in hammock or ‘purse’ net form.

The course will cover net repairs, knitting nets with natural and man made fibres. Finally details of using nets in a traditional manner for country inland activities will be considered.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£50.00 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Net-making-Saturday-23-August-2014

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Introduction to Pole Lathe Turning

  • 29 — 30 August 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

A friendly and informal course during which participants will have the opportunity to use traditional tools and to turn simple objects to take home.

Tutor Mark is a full time pole lathe turner and greenwood worker, and regularly demonstrates at the Museum. A member of the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and of the Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group Mark became involved in greenwood working through conservation work.

The course will take place outside, so please wear clothing suitable for the weather. Please wear sturdy footwear. Feel free to bring your own tools if you have them.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60 per person, inclusive of tuition, materials and use of tools. Teas & coffees are included. The museum cafe will be open or please bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Introduction-to-pole-lathe-turning-Saturday-30-August-2014

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Pole Lathe Workshop: Improve Your Green Woodworking Skills

  • 31 August 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

This day workshop is intended for those who would like to improve their green woodworking and pole lathe turning skills. Anyone who has some experience (e.g. from our 'Introduction to pole lathe turning' day) can benefit from the day. It is a great opportunity for those who have attended the introduction to pole lathe turning courses to have another go.

The course will take place outside, so please wear clothing suitable for the weather. Please wear sturdy footwear. Feel free to bring your own tools if you have them.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60 per person, inclusive of tuition, materials and use of tools. Teas & coffees are included. The museum cafe will be open or please bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Pole-lathe-turning-workshop-improve-your-green-woodworking-skills-Sunday-31-August-2014

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Harvesting & Brewing Weekend

  • 6 — 7 September 2014 10:30am-6pm

Transform barley and hops in to ale and beer - and use other crops harvested in our traditional fields and gardens.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal Museum admission prices apply.

Colour In Historic Homes

  • 21 September 2014 10:30am-6pm

Immerse yourself in a lost world of domestic interiors, with a fascinating day of talks looking at paintings, materials and furniture from both ends of the social spectrum. Pre-booking is essential. Tickets from £30.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Pre bookable experience, with tickets from £30. Please contact the Museum for further information and to secure your place.

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Coracle Making

  • 27 September 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

Coracles are traditional riverboats. Round in shape, they are paddled with one oar. On this two-day course you will make a coracle covered in calico to take home, complete with paddle. You will be given instructions on how to finish your coracle at home by waterproofing. Finished coracles will be provided on the day to enable students to try out their skills on the Museum’s millpond.

Please wear stout shoes and working clothes. If possible participants should bring a cordless drill and bits, a hammer, a hand saw and small G clamps. Course runs Saturday-Sunday 27-28 September.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£250.00 per person, to include all tuition, coffee, tea and a light lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Coracle-Making-Saturday-Sunday-27-28-September-2014

Wood

Traditional Wooden Rake Making

  • 4 October 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

Make a wooden rake from green wood and tailor its size to your needs using traditional tools. You will make the rake head, fit the pegs as well as prepare the handle.

Mark Allery is a full time pole lathe turner and greenwood worker, and regularly demonstrates at the Museum. A member of the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and of the Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group Mark became involved in greenwood working through conservation work.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60.00 per person, inclusive of tuition, materials and use of tools. Teas & coffees are included. The museum cafe will be open or please bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Traditional-wooden-rake-making-Saturday-4-October-2013

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Autumn Countryside Show

  • 11 — 12 October 2014 10:30am-6pm

At this beautiful time of year, enjoy heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, traditional craft demonstrations, a horticultural show and a chance to browse and buy gifts with a countryside theme.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Show's free of charge, with general admission.

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Weekend Wood Carving Course

  • 25 — 26 October 2014 9am-5pm

From a choice of five, select a carving project to complete on this two day hands-on course. You'll learn the basics of woodcarving and take home what you have made.

Jess Jay has been carving for 30+ years and tutored the subject at South Downs College. He has attended courses by renowned woodcarvers Ian Norbury and Michael Painter, and now currently tutors two courses in the Fareham and Waterlooville areas. He is a Member of the Solent Guild of Woodcarvers and Sculptors and also demonstrates at the Museum once a month with the Daywood Carvers. He holds an accredited certificate in tutoring.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£130.00 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Weekend-wood-carving-course-Saturday-Sunday-25-26-October-2014

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Autumn Half Term Family Activities at Weald and Downland

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Wonderful seasonal activities and fun for families. Play conkers or have a go at blacksmithing and much more! Undercover if wet.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • Any age
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

Normal Museum admission charges apply.

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An Introduction to Chair Making

  • 1 November 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

The day will begin with a discussion on different seating constructions and designs. A short foray into the museum woods will focus on the sustainable management of woodlands for timber requirements and we will explore the artistic potential using natural form, shape and texture.

Using traditional tools and techniques students will complete an elegant stool to take home, as well as the experience and knowledge to make other pieces of furniture.

The hands-on day will provide a good base for those who wish to create individual designs and is ideal for developing further potential.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£75.00 per person to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/An-introduction-to-chair-making-Saturday-1-November-2014

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Bringing Home the Bacon

  • 8 — 9 November 2014 10:30am-4pm

A fascinating insight into traditional pig rearing and slaughter, and the techniques used to preserve every part of the carcase to feed the family throughout the winter.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal Museum admission prices apply.

Christmas Market at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

  • 15 — 16 November 2014 10:30am-4pm

Browse over 130 trade stands in and around the Museum's historic buildings for local arts and crafts and unusual Christmas gifts. Plenty of seasonal food including hot chestnuts, plus meet the donkeys and listen to festive music.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age
  • Any age

Admission

Normal Museum admission applies.

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Traditional English Longbow

  • 21 November 2014 9:30am-5pm

There is a saying that ‘a great bow is nine tenths broken at full draw’, but by understanding the properties of timber and with skills, we can take timber to its limit (and return!) to produce an implement of incredible beauty and practicality.

Starting with a simple stave of laminated timber you will learn to shape a fully working bow based on the design of the great bow of the hundred years war.

Please wear sensible working clothes and sturdy footwear. You may wish to bring a notebook and pencil. Course runs Friday-Sunday 21-23 November.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£260.00 per person to include all materials and use of tools, and teas and coffees.

Website

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Traditional-Rural-Trades-and-Crafts/Traditional-English-longbow-Friday-Sunday-21-23-November-2014

Tree Dressing at the Weald & Downland Museum

  • 7 December 2014 10:30am-6pm

A magical occasion for all the family, as part of National Tree week. Join in traditional songs and dances. bring a jam jar and turn it into a lantern, then join the procession illuminated by hundreds of lanterns and dress the trees as darkness falls.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Where

Weald & Downland Museum

Admission

Adults £11.90, over 65's £10.90, children £6.50, family £33.50 (2+3), under 4 years free.

Christmas and New Year's Opening

  • 29 December 2014 — 1 January 2015

The museum is open until New year's Day. Enjoy a stroll around our 50-acre site and admire buildings decorated in traditional seasonal style - the perfect way to gently work off any festive indulgences!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Museum admission prices apply.

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Building Materials - Getting to Grips

http://www.openairclassroom.org.uk/Workshops/workshop-getting%20to%20grips.htm

A hands-on gallery of building construction aimed at KS2 Science, Design and Technology.

How to obtain

Contact the Schools Service on 01243 811459 or email schoolbookings@wealddown.co.uk for more information.

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