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 (also dog-friendly) or enjoy your own picnic.
- Preparations for our Living History Festival will be taking place Thursday 31 May to Friday 1 June – we apologise to our visitors for any disruption.
- We currently have three exciting new exhibit buildings under construction: a dairy and bakehouse (near the watermill) plus a late 18th century barn and early 19th century stable known as May Day Farm. We hope that our visitors enjoy watching their progress during 2018.
- The following buildings are currently closed for re-display: Court Barn, Hambrook Barn, medieval house from Sole Street and Longport Farmhouse.
“There is so much to see and the museum is constantly developing and building new things… we had very passionate volunteers telling us about the history of ‘their’ houses or their craftsmanship. Simply amazing.”
“We were staying at a B&B close by, and this was an unplanned visit to the museum but we will be back. It’s worth a visit just for the walk in the spectacular scenery but there is so much more here. The buildings are fascinating, as is the working mill and smithy. The volunteers are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable.”
“Had a great day out here with the family yesterday. Plenty to see and do plus decent lunch in the cafe. Everything in one safe space which makes it ideal for children to let off steam and dogs on leads are welcome to. Seemed to suit all members of the family!”