Workshops and short courses on topics that relate principally to the history of Clare Castle, to Clare Railway Station, the town of Clare and the upper reaches of the Stour Valley, and to the flora and fauna of the Park will be organized to be held in the Education Centre. For Clare Castle these will largely concern the de Clare family and their medieval household, farming and industries. For Clare Railway Station the period covers from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. For the town of Clare its importance as a wool- and cloth-producing town, and as a market town would be to the forefront. On the flora and fauna workshops, see the section on Schools and Colleges.
Workshops relating to medieval life in Clare Castle and the cloth trade might include calligraphy, candle-making, spinning wool, weaving, embroidery, falconry, ale-making, stained glass making, flint knapping, basket weaving, stone carving and terra cotta tile making. For the Victorian period, as well as railway history workshops, straw plaiting for hats and corn dollies, hedge-laying and beekeeping, storytelling.
Topics for courses that do not include practical elements might include working in lime and traditional plastering (pargetting), family history, historic architecture, the history of Norman castles, the Domesday Book, medieval recreations (eg. hunting, archery and jousting) transportation and local agricultural history. Clare Historical and Archaeological Society and the Clare Ancient House Museum will collaborate on some of these endeavours.
Talks and Courses