Museum News

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)

Museum at Night Guided Walks 2017

On Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May we will open our doors from 8.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night . These night tours offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – you will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series of short night-time... (read more)

Folk Concert starring Jim Moray

We are holding an fantastic evening of folk music this spring! Our evening folk concert features a fantastic line up of musicians and bands, with Jim Moray headlining. Taking place on the evening of Sunday 30th April, Jim Moray, Hatful of Rain, Mark T, Gitta de Ridder and Revel Weird and Wild will perform on... (read more)

Food & Folk Festival, 29 April – 1 May

Lovers of food, drink and folk culture are in for a treat at the Museum’s Food & Folk Festival. Due to popular demand, this annual celebration of the south east’s finest produce, crafts and traditions has been extended to cover three days, beginning on Saturday 29 April and ending on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May.... (read more)

Easter at the Museum

The Museum is a wonderful place to visit at Easter. Come and take part in our Easter trail and collect your chocolate prize! Our Easter activities vary daily and include Easter cooking in the Tudor kitchen, egg painting, bonnet making and a traditional Bonnet Parade on Easter Monday. The Bayleaf farmstead and Winkhurst Tudor kitchen offer an impressive backdrop to... (read more)

Enjoy evening talks – 2017 programme announced

Tales of the Downs and Beyond is our series of enjoyable evening talks, which take place at the Museum from April to August each year. Linked to the Museum’s key themes and our Downland location, each 60 to 90-minute talk covers a fascinating topic. Our talks are highly regarded and over 600 people attend each year.... (read more)

BBC2’s The Repair Shop filmed at Museum

BBC2’s new series, The Repair Shop, begins on Monday 27th March at 6.30pm, showing every week day for three weeks, offering an antidote to throwaway culture! See what wonderful treasures have been found in homes across the country and how the team gives then new life. In the first episode, see three cherished family heirlooms... (read more)