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Discover what your ancestors did at our Rural Life Weekends!

Building on our popular rural life weekends which were introduced last year, we are running six exciting events this year!

Special activity weekend will focus on different elements of the Museum’s core themes of historic buildings and rural life. As you tour the Museum and visit our exhibits you will be able to compare similarities and differences across the centuries – from Anglo-Saxon times to the lives of the Victorians.

Springtime
14-15 April
See how our rural ancestors would have lived at this time of the year. Yes, it looks green and lovely, but early in the season their diet was meagre and preserved supplies from the previous year would have been running very low. Through demonstrations, short talks and informal chats you can find out what tasks would have been important to the inhabitants of our homes at this time of year. Find out more.

Historic Gardens Weekend
30 June-1 July
Find out from the gardening team what is growing in our historic gardens and the many uses of herbs, plants and trees.  Discover how people of the past relied on this burgeoning summer growth and the difference it made to their lives. Find out more.

Harvest
1-2 September
From the busy long days of harvesting and the necessity of preserving food, to thinking about the uses of the different spaces within homes across the ages, there will be much to explore and experience. Find out more.

Home
29-30 September
With exhibit homes at the Museum spanning rural life in south east England from 950AD to the Victorian era, join us over this special weekend for fascinating talks and demonstrations about domestic life through the ages. Find out more.

Scything
4-5 August
Join us to find out more about traditional scything and haymaking during this informal weekend of demonstrations and displays.Find out more.

Charcoal & Woodyard
25-27 August
Be inspired by watching the skill and process of a charcoal burn in action – discover how vital woodland management was to the passing of the seasons and enjoy the chance to talk to the experts. Find out more.

Detailed programmes for each day, including times of talks, will be published our events pages before each focus weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!