Weald & Downland Living Museum Court Barn

Heritage Crafts Exhibition

This exhibition looks closely at a range of traditional trade crafts which were once a common sight in towns and villages, but which now are sadly very rarely seen at all.

Places such as the Weald & Downland Living Museum are havens for such activities, helping to keep such skills alive and also to give others the opportunity to take part in them.

In conjunction with the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) the exhibition focusses on a number of those crafts deemed ‘At Risk’ by the HCA, which are associated with the museum in some way; either they are taught at the museum, demonstrated here or carried out as a regular activity.

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 Museum shop and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Whilst enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air, look out for our working animals, which can include the Heavy Horses, Sheep and Ducks. There are a number of lovely woodland trails, including a woodland play area for children to explore.

Why not enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch at our waterside café?  Visitors can also bring a picnic as there are plenty of picnic areas available on site.  Takeaway refreshments will also be available from our seasonal Shepherd’s Huts located around the Museum.

Dogs on short 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.



Mon 2 September 2024–Fri 20 December 2024