Heritage Open Day: Free Tours 8th September

Thursday 08 September 2016
11.30am or 2.30pm
As part of the National Heritage Open Days initiative, pre-booked visitors to the Museum can enjoy a couple of free tours on Thursday 8th September.

Gridshell building & artefact store tour
11.30am – 12.30pm

Take a free guided tour of the Museum’s award-winning Downland Gridshell Building – the first timber gridshell building to be constructed in the UK. This iconic building was financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and was completed in 2002.  Its upper level is a dramatic, light and airy structure named the Jerwood Gridshell Space. It sits upon a purpose-built lower level, which is home to the Museum’s designated collections of 15,000 tools and artefacts from rural life in the Weald & Downland region. The basement also contains the Mitford Foulerton Conservation Studio with facilities for research and conservation of the Museum’s collections.

Gridshell building & Gateway Project tour
2.30pm – 3.30pm

Enjoy a free guided tour of the Museum’s Gridshell building (as detailed above) and new Gateway Project buildings, which are under construction. The Gateway Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will transform your experience from the moment you arrive, with a fantastic new waterside cafe, shop and visitor centre. Come and see its progress with this behind the scenes tour.

How to book

Free tickets for these tours must be booked online in advance and places are limited to just 20 places per tour – book tickets via our online shop.

Please note that these tickets offer a free guided tour of the area(s) listed and do not include full admission to the Museum, for which a separate ticket can be purchased on the day if you wish.

Please meet at the Museum’s shop and ticket office shortly prior to the start time.