Timber frame of new Anglo-Saxon exhibit building up at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

PUBLISHED: 11:10 23 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:10 23 July 2015


The sound of axes shaping timber has been ringing out across the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum site over the last few weeks, as craftsmen started to construct the timber frame of a new exhibit building, an Anglo-Saxon hall house.

The construction team comprising of skilled volunteers under the supervision of Museum Carpenter in residence, Joe Thompson, have been helping to get this exciting new project off the ground. As no saws were used at this time, the team have had to get to grips with different techniques – particularly those around splitting and shaping wood. Museum Curator, Julian Bell, has been preparing timbers for the construction team’s use since late 2014. Progress on the building has been taking place over the last few weeks and the timber frame is now assembled. Over the coming weeks, the walls will be wattle and daubed and the roof thatched, using wheat straw grown at the Museum.

This is the first stage of the construction and more stages will follow. Up-to-date information will be published on the Museum’s website, under the latest news and blog areas. See www.wealddown.co.uk/saxon-building-work-taking-place-this-week/ where details of the earlier stages of the project and a time lapse video can also be found.

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