Get Thrifty at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Get Thrifty Weekend

Looking for tips on how to live more sustainably?

Join us to explore the historic art of thrift. From make do and mend, to upcycling and swapping, visitors can find out how people in the past made sustainable lives and thrifty use of their resources.

Explore the art of thrifty printing using household waste, with Nicki & Will Dyke in the Medieval House from Solestreet. Where they will be demonstrating and supervising hands-on opportunities for printing using off-cuts, old rubbish and household items.

Jo and Andy shorter will be demonstrating the art of natural dyes in lower area of the Building from Lavant on the Saturday. Using contemporary materials, they will demonstrate the process of natural dyeing throughout the day.

Learn about traditional soap making & attitudes to personal and household cleanliness in Georgian England, with Sally Pointer in Tindall’s Cottage.

Historians Mark & Ruth Goodman, will join us in Bayleaf Farmstead over the weekend. Find out how a Yeoman farming household may have mended, and reused their clothing 500 years ago, along with other household thrift.

Over in Winkhurst Tudor Kitchen our rural life interpreter, Aaron Baker, will be demonstrating how fuel and food would have been carefully used during the ‘Hunger Gap’.

Near the Wood Yard our woodland management team, Jon Roberts and Alex Conway, will be demonstrating the no waste woodland management approach of our ancestors. Looking at the processes of coppicing, from land management to fuel for the fires in our historic buildings.

In upper Crawley Hall, our Museum volunteers will be leading demonstrations of needlework, knitting, darning and mending to inspire ideas for you to try at home.

We will also be welcoming back the Tools for Self Reliance team who will be located in the Building Crafts Gallery. Learn about their projects that help create sustainable livelihoods in Africa. Bring along any tools in good condition that you no longer use to donate to raise funds, and pick up a few bargains from their refurbished tools for sale.

Joining them in the Building Crafts Gallery on Saturday will be Transition Chichester who are helping to create a sustainable local environment and a more resilient community. You can meet the team and find out more about their work and current projects around Chichester.

Most demonstrations and activities will run from 10.30am to 4pm. Please note that these can be subject to change and up to date information will be available on the day from our admissions team

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06 - 07 Apr 2024


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Weald & Downland Living Museum
Singleton, Chichester