Museum News

Full steam ahead, 19-20 August

Vintage & Steam Show  Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 August 2017 Step back in time with the nostalgic sights and sounds of the era when steam powered the country. Visitors can enjoy all the bustle of a traditional steam festival on the weekend of 19 and 20 August, with full-size and model steam engines on... (read more)

Through The Door Family Festival, 29-30 July

Imagine, play, create, explore – come and uncover what’s through the door on the weekend of 29-30 July! Our exciting new family festival offers children and their families the opportunity to run wild with their imagination – through woodland trails, funfair rides, climbing wall, circus skills, art workshops and more! Imagine… Follow the Alice in... (read more)

Rare Breeds Show, 16 July

Over 500 animals will gather to be shown at the Museum’s Rare Breeds Show on Sunday 16 July 2017. This popular show is an annual celebration of the diversity of rare and traditional breeds of farm livestock, which has run since 1985. UK smallholders play a vital role in nurturing rare and traditional breeds of... (read more)

Outstanding outdoor theatre – summer 2017

Come and enjoy wonderful evening theatre performances at the Museum. With performances of Billionaire Boy, The Secret Garden and The Taming of the Shrew, there’s something for everyone! The Taming of the Shrew Friday 21 July 2017. Doors open 6.30pm. Performance begins 7.00pm. Recommended age: 8+ years. You are invited to Heartbreak Productions’ 1928 Fete of... (read more)

Historic Gardens Weekend, 24-25 June

Come and enjoy a weekend dedicated to our six period gardens over the weekend of 24 – 25 June 2017. Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era. There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view... (read more)

Wood Show – dads go free

Celebrate the many uses of wood this Father’s Day weekend – from woodland crafts, horse logging and charcoal burning, right through to finished products for the home and garden. Timber and wood are at the heart of the Museum and this two-day event celebrates its many traditional uses. Explore our collection of timber-framed buildings, plus... (read more)

Living History Festival, 3-4 June

Walk through the ages at our new Living History Festival! Travel back through time and experience 1,000 years of history at the  Museum’s new Living History Festival on the weekend of 3-4 June 2017, where over 200 of the UK’s top costumed re-enactors and living history groups will bring history to life at the Museum. During... (read more)

Hugh Bonneville Opens Museum’s New Visitor Centre

Following a £6 million investment, our new visitor centre was opened on Thursday 18 May by Hugh Bonneville;  local Sussex resident and avid supporter of the Museum. The complex has been made a reality thanks to a £4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, plus £2 million in private donations (from individuals and charitable trusts)... (read more)

Get Hands-On with History

Get Hands-On with History this Spring Half-Term! Head to the Museum for some fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this spring half-term. From Bank Holiday Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June children can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges, which are located around the Museum’s site. Wet weather will... (read more)

Milestone as watermill restarts

In another milestone for the Museum, the mill wheel of our watermill form Lurgashall is turning once again, following a year of downtime as we carried out major repairs, including the replacement of its main shaft, repairs to the mill race, plus the relining of the mill pond itself. Our volunteer millers gathered at the... (read more)