Museum News

Museum Wins Sussex Heritage Trust Award 2018

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards scheme. President of the Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL, presented 23 awards to winners and 25 Highly Commended certificates, representing the highest quality new build, and conservation and rejuvenation projects across the two counties of Sussex and the city of Brighton &... (read more)

Working Animals Show, 21-22 July

Calling all animal lovers! The Museum’s new Working Animals Show, Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July 2018, focused on traditional and modern working breeds in an entertaining and informative show for visitors of all ages. Enjoy free talks and demonstrations in our horse, dog and ‘weird and wonderful’ themed zones; come and learn about the animals,... (read more)

New Museum Director Appointed

The Chairman and the Board of Trustees of the Weald & Downland Living Museum are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Wardell to the role of Museum Director following a professionally managed, competitive selection process. Former Interim Director, Simon Wardell, has accepted the Trustees’ invitation to take up the permanent position of Museum Director... (read more)

Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June – 1 July

Fascinated by plants, their uses and their history? Then head to our Historic Gardens Weekend this summer! Visitors to the Museum can find out about our period gardens over the weekend of Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July 2018. Discover the herbs, flowers and vegetables that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor... (read more)

Gateway Project Birthday Offers

The Museum is celebrating the first anniversary of its Heritage Lottery Fund-supported ‘Gateway Project’ visitor centre with a week of offers and competitions running from Thursday 14 to Wednesday 20 June. This includes free entry for all dads and grandads on Father’s Day Sunday 17 June! ***Sorry – competition now closed*** Competitions The Museum is... (read more)

New MSc Programme Leader Appointed

The Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Karen Fielder as the new Programme Leader for its two MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation. As a building conservation expert, with over 20 years of experience across the heritage sector, as well as strong academic experience, she will manage a team... (read more)

Museum Chairman Retires and New Chairman is Appointed

Chairman to Retire After 10-Year Tenure and New Chairman Appointed to Board of Trustees Paul Rigg, Chairman of Trustees of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, retired after ten years in post at a Board meeting on Monday 14 May 2018. Paul had been Chairman of Trustees since April 2008 and has now been elected a... (read more)

Living History Festival 2-3 June

If you have ever longed to travel back in time and experience history at first hand then head to our Living History Festival on the weekend of 2-3 June 2018. Embark upon an immersive journey through over 1,000 years of English history, all brought to life by over 200 of the UK’s leading costumed reenactors. Over... (read more)

Morris Day of Dance, Sunday 10 June, 10.30am – 6.00pm

Join us for a day to celebrate this traditional form of English folk dance, its music and song. A whole host of sides will perform at the Museum to show the wide range of dances and music in the Morris tradition, and prove that it doesn’t just involve bells and handkerchiefs! Confirmed morris sides participating... (read more)

Hands-On History Half Term

Head to the Museum for fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this half term. From Bank Holiday Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June accompanied children of all ages can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges located around our 40-acre site. Wet weather will not spoil play as there... (read more)