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Welcome to the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and discover rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years.

Enjoy our 40-acre site and visit our collection of historic buildings – we have more than 50 to explore from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin tabernacle church. There is a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in our 17th century watermill; 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 our waterside café or enjoy your own picnic.


Interested in historic trades and crafts? We also run a broad range of adult education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts and in historic building conservation, plus two MSc programmes.

Customer reviews:

“An absolutely fascinating outdoor museum. If you are interested in history and in particular how ordinary people lived through the ages, this is the place for you.”
February 2018

“I have been going to this place for over forty years. Why? Well it’s stunning, with rescued houses of a bygone era and set in the glorious South downs. Come rain or shine it’s a magical day out.”
February 2018

“A walk round this open-air collection of historical buildings is a magical experience, even if the weather isn’t good. The setting is beautiful, the information spot-on, and the new visitor centre is brilliantly designed and sited. We are members and can’t visit often enough – have been visiting the museum since its inception, and somehow each time adds something different.”
February 2018

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