Museum News

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)

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)