Weald and downland living museum bakehouse and dairy

Bread and butter – coming soon!

Our two newly re-erected 18th/19th century buildings from Surrey – the bakehouse from Newdigate and the dairy from Eastwick Park – have been attracting much attention from visitors this year. Their intriguing shapes and contrasting roofs draw your eye as you arrive on the Museum site from the visitor centre – what were they for? Well, one was for producing dairy products and the other for baking bread. And we are looking forward to the enticing smells of freshly produced loaves and the fascinating processes involved in turning milk into butter and cheese! But we need some help to complete this exciting project. £30,000 is still required towards the interior fittings and to prepare for demonstrations and displays, as well as further research and landscaping.

The buildings were restored and re-erected with the support of a £224,500 DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund grant, and the painstaking work of our craftsmen building in brick, timber, plaster, stone, tile and thatch. Our fundraising campaign to complete the projects has already raised £51,000, including generous donations of £25,000 from the Ian M Foulerton Charitable Trust and £20,000 from the Violet Flanagan Charitable Trust. The Arts Society Chichester made a gift of £1,000 towards replica historic clothing, and individual donors have added another £5,000. A big thank you to all those of you who are making this project possible.

Did you know… our dairy comes from the Eastwick Park Estate in Great Bookham, Surrey, once owned by the Bazalgette family, whose family member, Joseph Bazalgette was the engineer responsible for London’s sewer system!

These working buildings will be fantastic new exhibits as well as helping the financial future of the Museum. As an independent charity the Museum is self-sustaining through visitor admission income, membership, spending in our café and shop and course fees.

Ways to help us complete these wonderful buildings:

  • wealddown.co.uk/get-involved/donate/donate-bakehouse-dairy/
  • Text Donate: Text BHAD18 £10 to 70070
  • Call or email Nicola and Katie in the Fundraising team on 01243 811041/811010 or [email protected].

Thank you for your support!