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Herbal Heritage

Around midsummer is one of the best times to enjoy the 6 historic gardens at the Museum, and find out about historical ideas and uses around for different herbs. Through demonstrations and display you can find out more about herbal knowledge – medicinal and culinary – from the Saxons to 20th century, something of the knowledge needed for the safe and effective use of herbs and identify herbs that are used today in different forms.

Herbs played an important role and were widely grown. As well as growing them for culinary purposes; they were also reliant on them for a number of other reasons. Out of necessity, ordinary country folk were using herbs to make their own medicinal remedies, so a great deal of knowledge on domestic plant remedies were built up over the centuries and passed on from one generation to the next. Knowledge such as using Comfrey (known as ‘knitbone’) to heal wounds and broken bones, Shepherd’s purse to staunch bleeding, Burdock to draw out septic wounds and Plantain to heal wounds.

Heritage seeds and herbs will be on sale in the Museum shop.

For more information about the weekend, check out the Daily flyer (subject to change). 

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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 10.30am–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 2021 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 12–13 June 2021