Downland Gridshell

Downland Gridshell’s 20-Year Anniversary

Downland Gridshell’s 20-Year Anniversary

Join us on Friday, 17 June to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the opening of the Downland Gridshell building!

On this day, there will be a special programme of short presentations and informal group sessions to hear directly from the individuals and organisations involved in the design and construction of the Downland Gridshell building. The programme of events is here

Downland Gridshell

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 supported by the Heritage Fund and Jerwood Foundation, with support from a range of other funders.

It is an iconic building and draws general and specialist interest from visitors from across the UK and beyond. The upper level is called the Jerwood Gridshell space, and this is the Museum’s conservation workshop, demonstration and training space. 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. More information about the building can be found here.

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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.

Our waterside café will be open or 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