Museum News

Conference 12 September: Brexit & Building Conservation

Join us on Tuesday 12 September for our annual building conservation conference. As discussions about the implications of Brexit continue, this year we will explore the potential consequences of Brexit for the building conservation sector – from both a UK and international perspective. Whether in terms of funding, training, international collaborations and the free movement of... (read more)

Clay animation workshops

Book now for our children’s clay animation workshops on Friday 18th or Friday 25th August. These activity afternoons are designed for unaccompanied young people aged 9-14 years old. We’ll spend the first 30 minutes exploring the Museum to gather ideas and inspiration for the workshop. We will then use animation clay (and other craft materials)... (read more)

Wonderful Wednesdays August Activities

It’s Elementary! Wonderful Wednesdays Children’s Activities 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August Enjoy Wonderful Wednesdays – fun-packed activity days for children  – every Wednesday in August at the Museum. Every Wednesday during August, accompanied children can enjoy a wide range of arts, crafts and traditional countryside activities as part of a day out at the... (read more)

Two new exhibits: construction begins

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 enable us to immediately begin an exciting project to reconstruct two significant but currently dismantled historic buildings – the Newdigate bakehouse and Eastwick Park... (read more)

Full steam ahead, 19-20 August

Vintage & Steam Show  Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 August 2017 Step back in time with the nostalgic sights and sounds of the era when steam powered the country. Visitors can enjoy all the bustle of a traditional steam festival on the weekend of 19 and 20 August, with full-size and model steam engines on... (read more)

Through The Door Family Festival, 29-30 July

Imagine, play, create, explore – come and uncover what’s through the door on the weekend of 29-30 July! Our exciting new family festival offers children and their families the opportunity to run wild with their imagination – through woodland trails, funfair rides, climbing wall, circus skills, art workshops and more! Imagine… Follow the Alice in... (read more)

Rare Breeds Show, 16 July

Over 500 animals will gather to be shown at the Museum’s Rare Breeds Show on Sunday 16 July 2017. This popular show is an annual celebration of the diversity of rare and traditional breeds of farm livestock, which has run since 1985. UK smallholders play a vital role in nurturing rare and traditional breeds of... (read more)

Outstanding outdoor theatre – summer 2017

Come and enjoy wonderful evening theatre performances at the Museum. With performances of Billionaire Boy, The Secret Garden and The Taming of the Shrew, there’s something for everyone! The Taming of the Shrew Friday 21 July 2017. Doors open 6.30pm. Performance begins 7.00pm. Recommended age: 8+ years. You are invited to Heartbreak Productions’ 1928 Fete of... (read more)

Historic Gardens Weekend, 24-25 June

Come and enjoy a weekend dedicated to our six period gardens over the weekend of 24 – 25 June 2017. Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era. There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view... (read more)

Wood Show – dads go free

Celebrate the many uses of wood this Father’s Day weekend – from woodland crafts, horse logging and charcoal burning, right through to finished products for the home and garden. Timber and wood are at the heart of the Museum and this two-day event celebrates its many traditional uses. Explore our collection of timber-framed buildings, plus... (read more)