Weald & Downland Blog

Official opening of Volunteers Hub building

We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Volunteers’ Hub building. This is a key new space that offers our 400 volunteers a base at the Museum, from which they can be welcomed each day, sign-in, update their rota availability at their dedicated PC and have meetings with the Volunteer Coordinator in privacy.... (read more)

Gateway Project Update

We are now entering the final phases of our Gateway Project and the next two months will see completion of our £5.6 million visitor centre, which we plan to open at Easter. The scaffolding has just been removed and we can now get a really good feel for the buildings. A number of works –... (read more)

Yakisugi Charring Event January 2017

Japanese Burnt Wood and Tea Houses On the 24th January 2017 the Museum welcomed groups from Kingston University and the Barbican Centre to explore two fascinating Japanese customs: Yakisugi and Chashitsu. For this we were delighted to welcome architectural historian and contemporary Japanese architect Professor Terunobu Fujimori. Assisted by architectural students from Kingston University, Professor... (read more)

Gateway Project update

The past few weeks has seen the Museum site become a hive of activity as work progresses on all aspects of the Gateway Project. Works The green oak timber frame in the new shop and reception looks spectacular and the general light and open feel created by the extensive glazing will give visitors a wonderful... (read more)

Markets, fairs and felons – the story of Titchfield Market Hall

The early 17th century market hall from Titchfield is a type of building which would have been familiar to 16th and 17th century town dwellers. It was located in the town’s central market place (known as ‘The Square’) in the High Street, in front of what is now the Bugle Hotel. Its primary use was... (read more)

Gateway Project update

Work has continued apace with our Gateway Project. Now that the structures of the two complexes have been erected it is possible to get a really good feel for the layout and appearance of the buildings, which externally sit comfortably in the landscape, but internally offer considerably more space than originally envisaged from the plans.... (read more)

The Sussex Wagon

Museum’s Writer in Residence, Suzanne Joinson, has written her second blog as part of a series until May 2017. “I have a strange obsession with carts: anything with a huge wheel and an old handle. It’s wonderful, then, that at the Museum there are a number of colourful transport wagons with no less colourful histories. What... (read more)

Sol and Saxon: their journey so far

In this blog post, we talk to Phil Gorrian, Volunteers Administrator, to catch up with the training of our pair of Sussex Oxen, Sol and Saxon. “Initially a small team of seven was established, who began their training by getting to know the oxen – something we achieved by entering their pen and talking to... (read more)

Gateway Project Update

Visitors to the Museum will have noticed our exciting new Gateway Project buildings by the entrance are developing at a fast pace, and we are endeavouring to keep disruption to a minimum for our visitors. This wonderful new cluster of buildings will provide a welcoming new visitor centre, cafe, shop and community space from spring 2017 –... (read more)

What’s it like to be – Building Conservation Trainee: Cameron Page

Building Conservation Trainee, Cameron Page, reflects on his 6-month placement at the Museum, which ran from January – June 2016. “I have enjoyed working on buildings old and new throughout my career, and over this time I have discovered and embraced the importance of conservation. In 2014 it became a logical progression for me to... (read more)