Welcome to the Weald & Downland Living Museum
Come and discover rescued traditional rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 950-year period.
Enjoy the Museum’s 40-acre site and visit our collection of historic buildings – we have 50 to explore. There is a regular programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in our Tudor kitchen; blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy; plus seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods, bring the dog (we are dog friendly), visit the café kiosk or enjoy your own picnic.
- Our Gateway Project buildings – an exciting new visitor centre and waterside café – are approaching completion near to the entrance.
- Our 17th century watermill is currently closed for repair and we plan to resume milling after Easter.
- A small café kiosk service is in operation whilst construction takes place on our new café (opening spring 2017).
- We are currently finalising a new exhibit – a medieval house from Sole Street, Kent – read all about it in our blog and watch the time-lapse footage from day one and day two.
Interested in historic tools, trades and crafts? Our extensive artefact collection is housed in our award-winning Downland Gridshell Building – take a free tour daily at 1.30pm. We also have a comprehensive reference library.
Perhaps you would like to try a special event day, inspired by the Museum’s collections? We also run an extensive programme of adult education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts, historic domestic life and building conservation.