october, 2022

sun23oct11:00 am4:00 pmStraw Plaiting DayHeritage Skills Workshop

Event Details

Explore life in the 1800s through this fascinating local craft! Family friendly, refreshments provided. Run in partnership with the Woodlanders Lives and Landscapes Project, part of Chalk, Cherries & Chairs.

About this event

Come and learn the heritage skills of straw plaiting at Wycombe Museum on Sunday 23rd October 2022. Experience the working lives of women and children who plaited straw for the local hat industry in the 1800s.

Tickets available at to buy here.


There will be an introductory talk then participants will learn some simple plaiting techniques. The workshop will be led by experienced straw plaiters Veronica Main, MBE and Heather Beeson. Veronica is one of the leading plaiters in the UK, and was formerly plaiter in residence at the Wardown House Museum and Gallery in Luton. She has recently been awarded an MBE for her work with straw plait.

Timings and Details:

  • There will be two workshops, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm – please choose which session you would like upon checkout
  • No need to bring anything and no previous skill/ experience required!
  • Not suitable for people with allergies to straw dust
  • 16 places available in each session
  • Not suitable for children under 10 years of age
  • Refreshments will be provided, toilets on site (+ a café on site if you fancy staying afterwards for a snack or lunch)

Cost: £9 adult; £5 children and students

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Please note: There is limited parking at Wycombe Museum. Please see our visit page for more information

Image credit: Culture Trust, Luton


(Sunday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Wycombe Museum

Priory Avenue

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