Weald and downland living museum bakehouse and dairy

Donate: Bakehouse & Dairy

Help us to complete two fantastic new exhibit buildings!

The Museum is delighted to have been awarded £224,500 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund as part of its £4 million grant for English Museums and Galleries. The funds have enabled us to begin an exciting project to reconstruct two significant historic buildings – the Newdigate Bakehouse and Eastwick Park Dairy – here at the Museum! Once re-erected, they will be used to showcase heritage food production for our visitors.

How to donate

The DCMS/Wolfson funding goes a long way towards meeting the project costs, leaving us with £50,000 to raise, to enable the completion of the project. Those individuals and trusts interested in contributing toward the project should contact the Museum:

    • Call us on 01243 811041
    • Email us at [email protected]
    • Give online via JustGiving using the button below:

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Town Lane
West Sussex
PO18 0EU

  • Or simply pop in and speak to a member of staff.

If you are a UK taxpayer please do Gift Aid your donation, as the scheme will increase the value of your contribution because the Museum can reclaim the tax (by 25p for every £1).

About the buildings

Newdigate Bakehouse

Newdigate bakehouse RH 1988

With its origins in the 17th century, this bakehouse is from the village of Newdigate, near Dorking, in Surrey.

It housed an extensive Victorian bakery when it was dismantled in the 1980s. Its reconstruction will give the Museum a working historic bakery in which to demonstrate the art of baking. The Museum’s ultimate aim is to supply goods made with the flour milled on site using its 17th century watermill.


Eastwick Park Dairy

DSC06155 Eastwick Dairy

This unusual – originally thatched – model dairy from the Eastwick Park Estate in Surrey dates from circa 1807. It comprises two octagonal brick buildings linked by a covered walkway.

Its restoration and reinstatement at the Museum will offer another working building linked to food production, where traditional dairying techniques can be demonstrated.


These exciting new projects will develop our educational programme, be a delight for visitors and grow the accessibility of our collections.