Museum News

Autumnal Activities at the Museum

Head to the Museum this autumn for a fun-packed season of activities as the nights draw in. Hallowe’en Half-Term Activities 23-27 October From Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October, children can get hands-on with a great range of Hallowe’en themed activities around the Museum’s beautiful 40-acre site. Activities vary daily and include: pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, face... (read more)

Award win for visitor centre

The Museum is proud to announce that its new visitor centre has won Retail & Leisure Project of the Year at the Structural Timber Awards 2017. ABIR Architects collected this prestigious award on 10 October 2017 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. With over 200 exemplary entries packed full of outstanding, pioneering projects, products and... (read more)

Museum Wins 2017 Sandford Award

The Museum is delighted to have been selected as a winner of the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2017, which were made at the Fashion Museum & Assembly Rooms on 21 November 2017. The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across... (read more)

National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies Exhibition

We are pleased to announce that NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) are to participate in our Autumn Countryside Show, 7-8 October. The Sussex Area of NAFAS is having an exhibition of work at the show, creating a “flower trail” when some of the Museum’s collection of rescued historic houses will be delightfully decorated with floral arrangements. In... (read more)

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)