Courses                                           

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Poetry Writing Workshop
A day of writing which will draw on the built environment of the Museum and delve into your own experiences.
Sat 28 September 2019 Poetry Writing Workshop



Discover the heritage craft of working with leather. Join us for a family friendly workshop to learn basic techniques including cutting, marking and decorating to create your own individual leather key rings.

For family members of all ages and generations ages 8+.
Thu 30 May 2019 Family Workshop: Leather Key Rings
Thu 30 May 2019 Family Workshop: Leather Key Rings
Thu 30 May 2019 Family Workshop: Leather Key Rings


Family Felt Making Workshop: Bugs and Butterflies
Learn about the history of the craft while developing a fantastic piece to take home.

Create a fantastic picture piece along the theme of bugs and butterflies.

Suitable for all ages from 6+
Sat 1 June 2019 Family Felt Making Workshop: Bugs and Butterflies
Sat 1 June 2019 Family Felt Making Workshop: Bugs and Butterflies


Introduction to Rag Rug Making: Shaggy Seat Mats
Learn about the traditional craft of rag-rug making. During the workshop Jenni will demonstrate the traditional techniques of hooking and podging strips of fabric through hessian backing to make rugs, wall hangings and seat mats.
Sat 8 June 2019 Introduction to Rag Rug Making: Shaggy Seat Mats


Introduction to Stone Masonry
Learn the basic techniques of carving and shaping stone. This is a practical workshop over 2 days, in which you will be using hand tools to create simple architectural shapes and cut letters.
Sat 8 June 2019 Introduction to Stone Masonry


Bobbin Lace Making
During this two-day course you will be taught the basic techniques of traditional bobbin lace making, and will complete a finished item to take home with you.
Sun 30 June 2019 Bobbin Lace Making


Basket Weaving: Oval Basket
A two-day course where you will be making an oval shopping basket with a handle that you can take home.
Learn about the techniques and traditions of willow weaving and create your own unique willow basket to take home at the end of the day.
Sat 6 July 2019 Basket Weaving: Oval Basket



A day of talks and demonstrations exploring how the Second World War and ensuing social upheaval changed society.
Sat 20 July 2019 From Rationing to Reformation: a 1940s study day


Felt Pockets & Purses
Come and create a beautiful seamless i-pad case, purse, glasses case or small bag.

In this one day course you will be able to learn about wool and its properties, and experiment with colour and design.
Sat 20 July 2019 Felt Pockets & Purses


Family Introduction to Pottery Workshop
Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop for family members of all ages and generations. Learn an exciting variety of making techniques using real clay with the experienced tuition of ceramic artist Jon Williams.
Fri 26 July 2019 Family Introduction to Pottery Workshop
Fri 26 July 2019 Family Introduction to Pottery Workshop


Family Print Making Workshop
Join us and have a go at drypoint printing.

Bring your own photos or images along to etch onto perspex or use one of the images provided for inspiration. This 2 hour workshop is good for family artists of all ages and generations from age 8+.
Thu 1 August 2019 Family Print Making Workshop
Thu 1 August 2019 Family Print Making Workshop


Introduction to Canal Art: Roses
Julie Tonkin, one of the UK's leading canal artists will teach you the traditions of folk canal art. Undertake practice artwork before painting a design on a piece of canal ware to take home.
This is a half day workshop.
Sat 3 August 2019 Introduction to Canal Art: Roses


Introduction to Canal Art: Castles
Julie Tonkin, one of the UK's leading canal artists will teach you the traditions of folk canal art. Undertake practice artwork before painting a design on a piece of canal ware to take home.
This is a half day workshop.
Sun 4 August 2019 Introduction to Canal Art: Castles


Family Metal Petals
Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop. Learn the techniques of metal forming and embossing to create your own unique metal flower to take home with you at the end of the session.

For family members of all ages and generations from age 10+.
Thu 8 August 2019 Family Metal Petals
Thu 8 August 2019 Family Metal Petals



Come and learn about the wonderful art of enamelling - fusing glass to metal.
For family members of all ages and generations from age 8+.
Thu 15 August 2019 Family Workshop: Enamel Plaques
Thu 15 August 2019 Family Workshop: Enamel Plaques



Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop.
For family members of all ages and generations from age 8+

Tickets will go on sale Wed 20 Feb
Priority booking available for members from Mon 4 Feb.
Thu 22 August 2019 Family Workshop: Pewter Casting


Family Workshop: Rag Rug Making
Come and learn the traditional techniques of rag rug making with a modern twist in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
For family members of all ages and generations.
Thu 29 August 2019 Family Workshop: Rag Rug Making


Glass Painting
On this course you will learn the basics of traditional glass painting in enamels using tracing, stippling and sgraffito.
Sat 7 September 2019 Glass Painting


Hidden Objects: Tour & Tea
Join our Curators to find out about their work behind the scenes and see some of the Museum’s hidden treasures and curiosities.

Free of Charge. Please pre-book your free tour timeslot
Please note attendance to this activity is free of charge but does not include entry to the open air museum.
Sat 14 September 2019 Hidden Objects: Tour & Tea
Sat 14 September 2019 Hidden Objects: Tour & Tea



A study day exploring the distinctive and fascinating buildings and structures of our man-made waterways.

Further details to be confirmed.
Sat 21 September 2019 Canals and their Architecture: A canal study day


Family Workshop: Canal Art
Come and learn the traditional techniques of canal art in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

For family members of all ages and generations.
Sat 21 September 2019 Family Workshop: Canal Art


Introduction to Leatherwork
A great introduction to Leathercraft.
Make a leather coin purse, wallet and key ring using vegetable tanned leather.
Sat 28 September 2019 Introduction to Leatherwork


Natural Dyes
Discover how to create gorgeous colour on a silk scarf using local plants and kitchen cupboard ingredients.
Sat 5 October 2019 Natural Dyes


Cyanotype - Victorian Photagraphic Technique
Explore and experiment with the Victorian photographic technique of cyanotype.
Sat 12 October 2019 Cyanotype - Victorian Photagraphic Technique


Introduction to Candle Making
A seasonal focused workshop to introduce a range of waxes and techniques, including traditional Bees Wax, paraffin wax and modern natural waxes such as soya wax.
Sat 26 October 2019 Introduction to Candle Making


Family Workshop: Candle Making
Join us and have a go at creating a jar candle using coloured soya blocks and by adding candle scents.
Sun 27 October 2019 Family Workshop: Candle Making
Sun 27 October 2019 Family Workshop: Candle Making