Conserving our past for

The future


Don't just learn about history

Experience it


Bring all the family. We are...

Dog friendly

Welcome to the Weald & Downland Living Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum – a hidden gem in the South East, quintessentially British in a picture perfect setting. We are a museum for those who want to see, touch and even smell what life was really like for people living in years gone by. Whether you are 5 or 95 there is something for everyone!

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Become a Member

With so many varied events and the changing seasons to enjoy here at the Museum, why not consider joining as an annual member. Membership pays for itself in just three visits and is a fantastic way to support the Museum and our conservation work!

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Entry to the Museum is by pre-booked ticket unless you are a Museum Member. You can choose an entry time that suits you and once you’re at the Museum you can stay as long as you like! Book your tickets here.

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What’s On Calendar

From our historic life weekends, exhibitions, courses in traditional trades and crafts and seasonal activities, to a selection of open-air theatre for you to enjoy against the backdrop of our beautiful Museum, there really is something for everyone.

Historic Life Weekend

Sheep, Shepherding and Shepherd’s Huts

2 and 3 July

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Family Activities

Tudor Focus Week

18 and 24 July

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Family Activities

Saxon Focus Week

25 – 31 July

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Explore, Learn, Conserve

Learn more about our unique and vibrant open-air museum.


Courses & Crafts

A unique learning experience

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What our Visitors Say

Really interesting place with lots of dwellings from medieval times. The volunteers working there are very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. This is well worth a visit and highly recommended.

Gary, Google Review, November 2021

An interesting place to visit to imagine what life would be like in the past. From houses, furniture, gardens, farm implements, wagons, and not forgetting livestock, it's a great day out. The newer Gridshell building is a fantastic, organic piece of art. The venue hosts courses too. Again, highly recommended, especially the wood finishing course, tutored by Philip Hodge.

Visitor, Google Review, November 2021

Welcoming and friendly, to adults, kids and dogs too, with a fabulous variety of buildings, history, and free roaming poultry. The volunteers made our visit simply great, keeping us all entertained as we each awaited COVID-safe entry to each building, with smiles and wonderful stories of each place! the Lurghashall milled flour is fabulous for baking too!

Mark, TripAdvisor, October 2021

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