Museum News

Chief Executive Officer Stands Down

Martin Purslow has left his post of Chief Executive Officer at the Weald & Downland Living Museum after nearly two years in the role. Martin joined the Museum in May 2016 at a time when its £6m Heritage Lottery Fund funded new visitor project, “The Gateway”, had just commenced construction stage. This project has been... (read more)

Free entry for National Lottery Players, 11 December 2017

On Monday 11 December 2017 we are taking part in The National Lottery’s ‘thank you’ campaign and offering free entry to the Museum for National Lottery players. As a recipient of National Lottery funding – most recently for our stunning new visitor centre – we are keen to thank and remind people where their money... (read more)

Enjoy the History of Christmas Past

A festive historic treat awaits visitors to the Museum for two days over Christmas! On Boxing Day and Wednesday 27 December our collection of rescued rural homes will be traditionally decorated to depict Christmas through the ages. Period music, historical demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, plus log fires will bring history to life, so that... (read more)

Percheron Foal Expected

We are proud to announce that Olwyn (pictured above right), our Percheron mare, is in foal. Museum Horseman, Mark Buxton, is delighted with the news and said: ”We were unsure whether she was in foal as the usual way to tell is to wait and see if she came back into season or not. To make... (read more)

Evening shopping events: 29 November and 6 December

The Museum’s gift shop will be open for late night shopping on two special dates! Come along for discounts, drinks and nibbles. Join us at the Museum shop from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday 29 November and Wednesday 6 December and enjoy free beer tasting (courtesy of Hepworth Brewery) and complimentary sweet treat nibbles while you browse (courtesy... (read more)

Tree Dressing Day, 3 December

Head to the Museum on Sunday 3 December for our atmospheric Tree Dressing celebration – a magical day out with crafts, lantern making, singing and dancing as darkness falls. Based on an ancient custom celebrating the life-giving properties of trees, Tree Dressing is an annual celebration that takes place during National Tree Week – with... (read more)

Christmas Market 24-26 November

Christmas Cheer and Festive Fare! Come and enjoy our bustling Christmas Market at the Museum from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November. The Museum’s festive market offers superb value for money, with a reduced entry price to both the Museum and Christmas Market of just £6 per adult and £4 per child (free for annual members).... (read more)

Light Up Learning in Chichester, 5 December

Our team will be showcasing the Museum at the ‘Light Up Learning in Chichester’ event at Fishbourne Roman Palace. This is a free afternoon event on Tuesday 5 December from 3pm-5pm, where you can find out more about the work of cultural learning organisations and opportunities in and around Chichester. Held at Fishbourne Roman Palace, this... (read more)

Rescued swans rehomed to mill pond

The Museum has been working closely with Swan Lifeline and a pair of Mute swans – a cob (male) and pen (female) were released on our mill pond on Thursday 2 November. The two birds shared a pen at the swan sanctuary so, although not a definite pair, they do have a firm bond with one another. The... (read more)

Autumnal Activities at the Museum

Head to the Museum this autumn for a fun-packed season of activities as the nights draw in. Hallowe’en Half-Term Activities 23-27 October From Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October, children can get hands-on with a great range of Hallowe’en themed activities around the Museum’s beautiful 40-acre site. Activities vary daily and include: pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, face... (read more)