The Clearing is a vision of the future in the grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Soap: Staying Clean in the Anthropocene

Saturday 8 July

Personal hygiene will be radically different in the world that awaits us. Daily showers will be a luxury few can afford. Hand-sanitizer will be hard to come by. The good news is there’s a simpler way of keeping your hands clean: soap.

This workshop, led by Catherine Clark from Honey Bee Beautiful, will teach us how to make soap from beeswax. Catherine will be exploring the history of soap, how it's made, and how to make natural lye. We'll then get to work, making a batch using Compton Verney’s own beeswax (while we're working, we might discuss alternatives to washing every day, and just how clean we need to be).

Each participant will end up with some soap to take home (though we’d like to keep some for The Clearing’s use, too).

PS what's the anthropocene, we hear you ask? It's the geological era we're now in, in which we, human beings, are the force shaping the planet. See this, this and this.

DATE: Saturday 8th July.
TIME: 11am - 4pm.
BRING: Stout footwear, clothes you don't mind getting mucky, some food to share.
TICKETS: Workshops cost £10 per adult and £5 per child. This includes admission to the grounds. To book a place, click here.
NOTE: Workshops are subsidised by the Heritage Lottery Fund.