As part of the Southdown Sheep Society’s 125th anniversary, a service of thanksgiving, attended by some 60 members and their families, was held in the tin tabernacle church from South Wonston at the Museum on Sunday 7 August 2016.
The atmospheric service was led by farmers Stephen and Paul Humphrey who farm at East Dean with their pedigree flock of Southdowns. Some of the flock are grazed throughout the year at the Museum.
A special anniversary national show had been held the day before at Goodwood and attended by exhibitors from across England and Wales.
The breed has, in recent years, had a major resurgence in popularity with its ease of lambing, docility and moderate size with an ability to thrive off all grades of pasture.
It is very appropriate that our local downland sheep breed should be celebrated in this way at the Museum.