Bayleaf Changing rooms

Changing Rooms – a History of Architecture, Resources & Design

The design of historic houses is not purely functional; they have decorative aspects also. We can see evidence of this throughout the Museum, which reflects other vernacular buildings of the region. Likewise in material possessions. In other ways, the form has made people deduce something about people who lived in a space, e.g. that they were all short due to the height of doorways, but this is also a point to consider in relation to resources available and building techniques, and factor in a mind-set that was not the same as ours may be today. From experts in historic building techniques, modern craftspeople who focus on the resources as their inspiration and the craft skills at risk.

For more information and to preview the daily flyer, please check back a few weeks prior to this weekend. 

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Information for Visitors

The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore, plus you can learn how food was prepared in the Tudor kitchen and how flour is milled in the watermill – where you can buy grain and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Also enjoy the fresh air and see the heavy horses and the other traditional breed farm animals including chickens and geese. There are lovely woodland walks and children can explore our woodland play area and family activity barn.

Our waterside café will be open (serving 9.30am–3pm), plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please note that the Museum is a no-smoking site. Visitors with access needs are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit.

All activities are subject to change.

Historic Life Weekends

For 2022 we have new topics in our popular series of Historic Life weekends. There will be a chance to chat to experts, see demonstrations and displays as well as explore the Museum. These are ideal for people specifically interested in the subject areas, as well as those generally interested in a topic and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.


Sat–Sun 13–14 August 2022