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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 or enjoy your own picnic.

Updates:

  • Our new visitor centre is now open. Come and explore our new shop, introductory galleries and stunning new waterside café, Wattle & Daub
  • Construction is about to begin on two exciting new exhibit buildings; a dairy and bakehouse are being re-erected near the watermill
  • A chainsaw artist is currently creating wonderful new sculptures for our children’s play area
  • We are currently finalising a new exhibit building – a medieval house from Sole Street, Kent – read 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 an event day, inspired by the Museum’s collections?  We also run an extensive programme of adult education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts and in building conservation, plus two MSc programmes.

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