Rural Life Weekend: Home

Saturday 29 September to Sunday 30 September 2018
10:30am - 5:30pm

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. Come and explore our historic houses!

Read a blogger’s review of our 2017 Home event here.


Demonstrations vary daily and are subject to change, but we plan to include:

  • Set in the woods, the Anglo-Saxon hall house, a home in the year 950AD, is a dwelling just for your immediate family. No animals or extended family lived in this space.
  • Head to the Cottage from Hangleton – living here before the Black Death, of course you’d know nothing about it! But how did you think about health and medicine? And what food is being cooked?
  • Visit the Hall from Boarhunt – having survived the Black Death, has housing improved for you? Find out about ideas of health and medicine from medieval England in this building.
  • Make your way to Bayleaf farmhouse, the Tudor home! Everyone who has visited the Museum previously remembers Bayleaf, with its ‘en suite’ and beautiful layout. But how does this building function as a home? And where is the kitchen?
  • Popular Poplar Cottage is a chocolate-box image of a home from the past, but what would living in this two up and two down smoky home really be like? And would you be able to survive supported by produce from the garden and an indoor workshop?
  • Tindalls Cottage is a cold home and this, plus doing hard manual labour, meant that everyone living here needed more calories in the past. Some calories you would get in liquid form and we’ll be brewing in the copper all weekend.
  • Our most recent home, Whittaker’s Cottages, shows life in the Victorian era. Finally, a home that surely must look and feel something like ours? Take a look and see what you think.

Taster talks

Also enjoy free 10-minute taster talks on subjects such as:

  • Household brewing
  • Mealtime in the Tudor household
  • Furniture and carpentry
  • Box beds and furniture
  • Clothing and swaddling
  • Life in Tindalls Cottage
  • The charcoal burner
  • The apothecary
  • Heavy horses

Please note that all demonstrations, talks and performances are all subject to change. If there is something you are particularly keen to see, please contact us on the morning of your visit on 01243 811020 or email [email protected].

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