Museum News

Autumn Countryside Show 6-7 October

Celebrate the Abundance of the Harvest at our Autumn Countryside Show! Visitors to the Museum on 6 and 7 October will experience the immersive autumnal sights and sounds of the countryside at the end of the harvest. This popular show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus rural... (read more)

Rural Life Weekend: Home, 29-30 September

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! Demonstrations Demonstrations vary daily and are subject to change, but we plan to... (read more)

Rural Life Weekend: Harvest, 1-2 September

Join us on this special weekend to enjoy seasonal demonstrations focusing on the harvest. Over the course of this weekend you can see a variety of different produce harvested across the Museum site. From the vegetables in Whittaker’s Cottage Victorian garden, to flax at Tindalls Cottage and the produce of Bayleaf farmhouse garden and orchard. Talks... (read more)

May Day barn & stable opens

On Monday 27 August, our latest exhibit – the barn and stable building from May Day Farm in Kent – was formally opened to the public. Originally built in the late 18th to early 19th centuries, this is a three bay threshing barn with rear lean-tos and its accompanying stable. These buildings now form part... (read more)

Rural Life Weekend: Charcoal & Woodyard, 25-27 August

Visitors to the Museum over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August, can experience a traditional charcoal burn and a whole host of demonstrations in our working woodyard. During the weekend an early 20th century earth clamp is built, fired and emptied of charcoal at the Museum. Led by our Rural Life Interpreter,... (read more)

Enjoy Wonderful Wednesdays this August

Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for families, which take place at the Museum every Wednesday in August. Our theme this August is the senses – sight, smell, touch, sound and taste – with a different sense featuring each week. What’s on? Wednesday 1 August 2018 is Sound: hear traditional stories, join a music workshop... (read more)

Hambrook Barn Family Activity Hub Opens

Discover our new family activity hub in Hambrook barn, where you can dress as a Victorian (and other eras), explore the gypsy caravan and play traditional games! You can also pick up an explorer backpack to borrow for your visit (available on a first come first served basis) during the holidays. Soon we’ll be adding a... (read more)

Full Steam Ahead! 18-19 August

Take a step back in time with the nostalgic sights, sounds and bustle of a traditional steam festival! On the weekend of 18 and 19 August visitors to the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton, near Chichester, can enjoy viewing a fantastic range of steam engines and vehicles. Ride on a traditional steam-driven carrousel,... (read more)

Percheron foal born at Museum

Olwyn, the Museum’s 4-year-old Percheron mare, gave birth to a male foal in the early hours of Wednesday 11th July 2018. Museum horseman, Mark Buxton, has named the foal Sampson. Mare and foal are both doing well. Heavy horses, Olwyn and Ollie, arrived at the Museum in spring 2017 aged three years. This pair of... (read more)

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)