Museum News

Conserving the ornamental dairy from Eastwick Park, Great Bookham, Surrey

Joe Thompson, the Museum’s Carpenter-in-Residence describes his work on the structural timbers of one of our latest projects. The Museum’s historic buildings tell many stories, some relating to materials, construction and conservation techniques, others to the people involved with them and the purposes for which they used the buildings, and some about the ideas and... (read more)

Mothering Sunday-Mums Enter Free! 11 March

 Mothering Sunday is a great time to visit the Museum, where you can enjoy an activity-packed alternative to traditional celebrations. All mums and grandmothers enter the Museum free of charge on this special day! Throughout the day visitors can watch and take part in a range of activities including: See the new spring lambs and... (read more)

Book now for our 2018 courses

Our 2018 course programme is now available to book online – hurry, as some courses have already sold out! Gift certificates and gift vouchers are also available to buy – call us on 01243 811021 to find out more. COURSES IN TRADITIONAL RURAL TRADES AND CRAFTS Courses in traditional rural trades and crafts are inspired by the... (read more)

Folklore-themed half-term activities 12-16 February

Wrap up warm and head to the Museum for some fantastic indoor and outdoor crafts, activities and stories with a folklore theme this February half-term. From Monday 12 to Friday 16 February children of all ages can channel their excitement and energy into activities located around our 40-acre site. The theme for February half-term is... (read more)

Wassail! Saturday 20 January

Come and bless the Museum’s orchard at one of our new winter Wassailing events! Wassailing Day Visitors on Saturday 20 January can watch and take part in traditional and craft activities with a wassailing theme between 12pm and 3pm. Sorry sold out: Wassailing in the orchard is free but places are limited and must be... (read more)

Winter opening times

As we enter the festive season (and to enable you to plan your visits) we would like to make you aware of the Museum’s opening dates over Christmas and the New Year. Closure dates: Wednesday 20 December 2017 – closed from 1pm for the staff Christmas party Sunday 24 December 2017 – closed for Christmas... (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)

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)

Book now for our 2018 courses

Our 2018 course programme is now online and ready to book – hurry, as some courses have already sold out! Gift certificates and gift vouchers are also available to buy – call us on 01243 811021 to find out more. Courses in traditional rural trades and crafts Courses in traditional rural trades and crafts are... (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)