Rural life museum workshops

SOMERSET Rural Life Museum, at Glastonbury, has teamed up with artists and makers from across the county to create a programme of workshops this autumn.

Alongside the workshops, the museum is hosting a new series of online talks exploring rural life.

On 19th September pottery teacher Rebecca Landrock will lead a clay and botanical workshop. In this two-hour workshop participants will create a vase and set of coasters and discover how natural materials can leave their unique mark in clay.

On 26th September stained-glass artist Richard Pelham from Glastonbury., who has taught stained-glass making for more than 20 years, will lead participants through the process to create a stained-glass bee.

On 3rd October willow artist Sarah LeBreton will be using traditional English techniques, and willow grown on the Somerset Levels, to show how to weave a willow basket.

 This is followed, on 10th October, by a chance to make a traditional wooden rake using green woodworking techniques. This one-day workshop is led by Peter Codd, an experienced teacher of bushcraft and traditional crafts, from Explore the Great Outdoors.

 Susie Simmons from the South West Heritage Trust says: “Our museum has long been a place to exhibit the work of makers and artists both through our historic collections and contemporary exhibitions. We are delighted to be extending this further by providing opportunities for visitors to get hands on and learn from Somerset’s talented makers and artists.”

 The new online series exploring aspects of rural life starts on 23rd September when writer, honey sommelier and bee consultant Paula Carnell will give a talk about bees, drawing on her work around the world to discuss the connections between bees, humans and health.

 On 7th October, Bristol University’s Dr Richard Stone, an award-winning cider maker, will talk about the Golden Age of cider. Dr. Stone is a lecturer in Early Modern History and his research includes Drink and Disorder in Early Modern England. 

 The autumn workshops and online talks are part of a programme of activity, Together Again, which includes enhanced opportunities to engage digitally with heritage. Spaces for workshops are very limited and booking is essential for all workshops and talks.

 The museum reopened on 12th August after almost five months of closure. It is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm; admission by booking only. For more information and to book visit

Pictured: Stained glass artist Richard Pelham; bee-keeper and honey expert Paula Carnell