Meetings and workshops

Programme of autumn-winter-spring indoor meetings

Our autumn-winter-spring meetings offers lectures and discussions on vernacular building recording topics. All are designed to be both entertaining and educational.

If you are not already a WBSG member, you will be welcome as a guest. The fee for guests is £5.

Unless stated otherwise, meetings are at Wivelsfield Church Hall, Church Lane, RH17 7RD. Church Lane is on the left off the A2112, north of the Baldocks Renault garage roundabout. The car park is on the left next to the church, and the hall is further up on the right.

We have currently suspended our physical Meetings, but are aiming to resume them as soon as possible in 2021. In the meantime we are arranging online talks via Zoom. If you want to register for one of these talks, please use the 'Contact' tab at the top. The Zoom invite will be sent to registered attendees a few days prior to the talk.

7pm Monday 19th April 2021

Joe Thompson - " What are we doing and why?" which will look at the understanding and interpretation of surviving timber-frame buildings and how this affects their conservation.

Joe is carpenter in residence at the Weald and Downland Living Museum where he teaches a range of historic carpentry courses.  


7pm Monday 10th May 2021

Edward Martin - ‘Windows to the outside world’ a talk on the history and development of windows

Edward worked as an archaeologist with Suffolk County Council for many years, specialising in prehistory and historic landscape studies. He has written and lectured widely on the archaeology, history, landscape, buildings and gardens of Suffolk and East Anglia and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Vice-President and a past chairman of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, and a committee member of the Suffolk Historic Buildings Group and of the Suffolk Gardens Trust.


7pm Monday 14th June 2021

Nick Hill -  'The 12th century aisled hall of Leicester Castle' 

A recent programme of research, accompanied by archaeological excavation and dendrochronology, has confirmed the Great Hall of Leicester Castle as the earliest known standing aisled hall in Britain, now tree-ring dated to 1137–62. It was built for Earl Robert II of Leicester, one of the greatest magnates of the period, probably in the 1150s when he was at the height of his powers. Nick Hill lives in Leicestershire and has been recording and researching historic buildings in the surrounding area for over 30 years. He is a chartered building surveyor and Treasurer of the Vernacular Architecture Group.  A particular area of research and publication in recent years has been medieval halls and chamber blocks. He also works as a Project Manager with Historic England, coordinating repair projects such as Apethorpe Hall in Northamptonshire and Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

There is no cost for WBSG members attending these talks.

The Winter Talks are also open to the Public, at a cost of £5