Museum News

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)

Percheron Foal Expected

We are proud to announce that Olwyn (pictured above right), our Percheron mare, is in foal. Museum Horseman, Mark Buxton, is delighted with the news and said: ”We were unsure whether she was in foal as the usual way to tell is to wait and see if she came back into season or not. To make... (read more)

Michael Burton 1933-2017

Michael Burton was one of the Museum’s hardest-working trustees and one of the greatest promoters of the Museum and its work. His death at the age of 84 deprives us of a most supportive friend and his wisdom and enthusiasm will be very much missed. Michael joined the trustees in 1993 and immediately set about... (read more)

Evening shopping events: 29 November and 6 December

The Museum’s gift shop will be open for late night shopping on two special dates! Come along for discounts, drinks and nibbles. Join us at the Museum shop from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday 29 November and Wednesday 6 December and enjoy free beer tasting (courtesy of Hepworth Brewery) and complimentary sweet treat nibbles while you browse (courtesy... (read more)

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)