Museum News

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)

Rural Life Weekend: Home, 23-24 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! WHAT’S ON? Download our daily flyers to see what’s on and to plan your... (read more)

New 2018 exhibit for the Museum May Day Barn and Stable

In January 2015, the Museum embarked on the dismantling of a late 18th century barn and early 19th century stables at May Day Farm, Pembury Road, Tonbridge. The buildings were in the path of a road widening scheme on the Tonbridge-Pembury section of the A21 in Kent. The work was led by Museum Carpenter-in-Residence, Joe... (read more)

Conference 12 September: Brexit & Building Conservation

Join us on Tuesday 12 September for our annual building conservation conference. As discussions about the implications of Brexit continue, this year we will explore the potential consequences of Brexit for the building conservation sector – from both a UK and international perspective. Whether in terms of funding, training, international collaborations and the free movement of... (read more)

Harvest weekend, 2-3 September

Join us for this special weekend to enjoy seasonal demonstrations focussing 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 the Victorian cottage garden, to flax at Tindalls Cottage and the produce of Bayleaf farmhouse garden and orchard.... (read more)

Wellness Activities Day, 2 September

Visitors to the Museum on Saturday 2 September 2017 can enjoy complimentary wellness activities as a part of their visit. Activities include: Tai Chi Reiki with flowers Kinesiology Nordic walking Wellness through art Timed sessions and talks are taking place throughout the Museum site between 11am and 3pm and are free of charge to our visitors. Session... (read more)

Wonderful Wednesdays August Activities

It’s Elementary! Wonderful Wednesdays Children’s Activities 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August Enjoy Wonderful Wednesdays – fun-packed activity days for children  – every Wednesday in August at the Museum. Every Wednesday during August, accompanied children can enjoy a wide range of arts, crafts and traditional countryside activities as part of a day out at the... (read more)

Clay animation workshops

Book now for our children’s clay animation workshops on Friday 18th or Friday 25th August. These activity afternoons are designed for unaccompanied young people aged 9-14 years old. We’ll spend the first 30 minutes exploring the Museum to gather ideas and inspiration for the workshop. We will then use animation clay (and other craft materials)... (read more)

Two new exhibits: construction begins

The Museum is delighted to have been awarded £224,500 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund as part of its £4 million grant for English Museums and Galleries. The funds enable us to immediately begin an exciting project to reconstruct two significant but currently dismantled historic buildings – the Newdigate bakehouse and Eastwick Park... (read more)