Reconstruction of our two new exhibits, the dairy from Eastwick Park Estate and the bakehouse from Newdigate, both in Surrey, are taking shape (read our earlier article here). Already much of the brickwork for both buildings is in evidence, revealing their scale and shape. Restoration of the original timbers is currently underway onsite in preparation for construction of the roof plates, window and door frames. These will be reinstated once the brickwork stage is completed.
For the dairy, limewashing of the walls and laying of the floors in both the larger dairy building and the smaller scalding house building will commence soon. Once the timber rafters are in place, both roofs can be pitched and these will eventually be thatched, in keeping with their original state.
For the bakehouse, a working oven will be installed to give the Museum a fully operational bakery, producing freshly baked bread and other items made with stoneground wholemeal flour from our 17th century watermill. Together these new exhibits and our working watermill will form a centre of historical food production for visitors to enjoy and an exciting new venue for food education.
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