Conserving our past for

The future


Don't just learn about history

Experience it


Bring all the family. We are...

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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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What’s On Calendar

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

Family Activities

Easter at the Museum

Fri–Sun 2–18 April

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Historic Life Weekends

Clay & Pottery

Sat–Sun 17–18 April

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Historic Life Weekends

May Day

Sat–Sun 1–2 May

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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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Donate Today

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What our Visitors Say

What a fascinating place! The collection of historical buildings is amazing and the guides on site are so very knowledgeable. It is a wonderful place to spend time and set in a very pretty location. Also, very interesting to see where The Repair Shop is filmed!

DWK14, TripAdvisor, September 2020

We came to visit the museum yesterday and just wanted to say what a wonderful day we had. It has been over 40 years since I last came and was blown away by all that was on offer. The buildings and whole site are looked after so carefully and we were able to enjoy a delicious coffee sitting looking out at the view across the lake.

Della, visitor feedback, October 2020

Went here as a school boy and loved it so much I came back again and again as an adult. My most recent visit comes after a good 10 to 20 year absence and it is still as excellent today as I remember. The attraction is managed excellently, my wife and I both felt safe and that the measures in place were extremely adequate for the current crisis.

Iain, Google Reviews, September 2020

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