Have you ever heard of the Weald and Downland museum at Singleton near Chichester in Sussex ?
It was opened 41 years ago and has developed into the best museum ever.It re-erects houses and buildings from the weald and downland in their original form.They dismantle them and when investigated they can see how they were originally built.They also run courses and regularly appear on telly.
The museum has a special meaning for me the day I first visited my father died on that evening, I spent some of my honeymoon there ,my daughter was taken as soon as she was able and I plan to take my grandchildren there.If you have never been you have a treat to come,here is their website for a look see. www.wealdown.co.uk
I love the place so when I found out how much they were paying for their pottery,for use and display I volunteered to make it for them.They have a tudor kitchen on telly loads of times,for which they need pots that are not cracked chipped etc to pass modern elf n safety standards,there hasn’t been an outbreak of bubonic consumptive cholera yet.
My favourite house in the bayleaf Farm house a hall and solar house,the hall has an open fire on a hearth in the middle the smoke just rising to a louvre in the roof,at bed time the hot ashes would be gathered into a pile and covered by a pot called, from the French coer fuere, cover the fire,from which our English word curfew came from,when the fire was covered it was time to go to bed.
My new job for the museum is to make store jars to furnish one of the houses,they are various sizes and all have a flange at the top,for a waxed linen top.This keeps out the plague, one of the jars was demolished by a robin perching on it when very wet.Later Robin the pot demolisher did it again but luckily it was drier,so has it imprints on the rim.I hope to have them done for christmas,a nice present for the museum.On boxing day they put on A Tudor Christmas some of the houses are decked out in decorations and they make tudor food in the kitchen.My favourite tudor dish is prune suckets,very boozy prunes in red wine and spices.
Why not visit the museum, I always get the feeling of peace there and is well worth a go.