Downland Gridshell

Downland Gridshell’s 20-Year Anniversary

Downland Gridshell’s 20-Year Anniversary

Join us on Friday, 24 June to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the opening of the Downland Gridshell building!

Visitors on the day will be able to explore the works of Ted Cullinan and Steve Johnson (architects), Bruno Happold (Structural Engineers), E A Chiverton (Main Contractors) and The Green Oak Carpentry Company (Timber Structure Specialists). There will be talks and displays throughout the day from those who helped design and build the Downland Gridshell Building.

Downland Grishell

The Museum’s award-winning Downland Gridshell Building was the first major timber gridshell building to be constructed in the UK. The building was completed in 2002 and was financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It is regarded as an iconic building and both architects and other interested visitors travel from across the UK (and further afield) to view this unique example of the technique.

The lower level of the Downland Gridshell Building houses the Museum’s collections of tools and artefacts from rural life in the Weald & Downland region.

A programme will be released two weeks prior to this activity.

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How We Are Keeping You Safe

We have been working hard to put extra safety measures in place to ensure we are COVID-19 secure and have implemented several new precautions, following government advice, so that we can provide a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone. Please see our full FAQs and guidelines.

Information for Visitors

The Museum’s 40 acres site, historic gardens and buildings are fascinating places to learn about rural history. Visitors can purchase grain from the Shepherds Hut (coffee cart) and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Whilst enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air, look out for the heavy horses and other traditional breed farm animals including pigs, chickens and geese. There are a number of lovely woodland trails, including a woodland play area for children to explore.

Due to current Government restrictions, our waterside café will be open for takeaway only. Visitors can bring a picnic as there are plenty of picnic areas available on site. Takeaway refreshments will be available from our Shepherd’s Hut (coffee cart) located near the Stables. 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.

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Fri 17 June 2022