Museum News

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)

Award win for visitor centre

The Museum is proud to announce that its new visitor centre has won Retail & Leisure Project of the Year at the Structural Timber Awards 2017. ABIR Architects collected this prestigious award on 10 October 2017 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. With over 200 exemplary entries packed full of outstanding, pioneering projects, products and... (read more)

Museum Wins 2017 Sandford Award

The Museum is delighted to have been selected as a winner of the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2017, which were made at the Fashion Museum & Assembly Rooms on 21 November 2017. The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across... (read more)

National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies Exhibition

We are pleased to announce that NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) are to participate in our Autumn Countryside Show, 7-8 October. The Sussex Area of NAFAS is having an exhibition of work at the show, creating a “flower trail” when some of the Museum’s collection of rescued historic houses will be delightfully decorated with floral arrangements. In... (read more)

Autumn Countryside Show, 7-8 October

Come and experience the immersive autumnal sights and sounds of the countryside at the end of the harvest. Our popular show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus a horticultural show, rural craft demonstrations, displays, competitions and stands with a countryside theme. The weekend’s celebrations include falconry displays plus... (read more)

Bakehouse and Dairy update: September 2017

Reconstruction of our two new exhibits, the dairy from Eastwick Park Estate and the bakehouse from Newdigate, both in Surrey, are taking shape (read our earlier article here). Already much of the brickwork for both buildings is in evidence, revealing their scale and shape. Restoration of the original timbers is currently underway onsite in preparation... (read more)