Course Provider: Assington Mill
Contact Name: Anne Holden
Telephone: 01787 229955
Course Length: One day (10-4.30)
4.8 star rating, 4 reviewers.
Taxidermy - A Mouse In A Day
Tutor: Jools Abbey
The art of taxidermy is in preparing, stuffing and then mounting the skins of animals for display. These could be as hunting trophies, or for museum use or maybe the preservation of a beloved pet. Taxidermy is a Greek word for "arrangement of skin". On this one-day course you will learn the basic art using a mouse. Don't worry, it will have been bought from a pet shop (where they are used to feed reptiles) and killed painlessly using a gas.
Although embalmed animals have been found with Egyptian mummies (remember all those mummified cats they once used for fertiliser here?), the earliest methods of taxidermy came to prominence in the 18th century, mainly in Europe, but the heyday of the art came in the mid 19th century, when a much more lifelike appearance was produced. They were often displayed in beautiful domed glass cases, surrounded by suitable foliage.
Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.
We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.
Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.
Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.
To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.
What's included in the price?
A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits - and white mouse! To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.
For more information about accommodation and food please see above.
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