Walderton in Spring

Historic Buildings

On the anniversary weekend of the opening of the Museum, we will spend a weekend focusing on the buildings at the heart of the Museum collection – their construction methods, building forms, and conservation. From carpentry to masonry, daubing to lime plastering, thatching to plumbing, the Museum has a wealth of information both in terms of the buildings and our artefact collection. With the support of craftspeople associated with the Museum, we will also have demonstrations illustrating a variety of building trades with some opportunity to ask questions.

This year this weekend is also held in memory of Roger Champion (1937-2021), Museum Master Carpenter. There will be talks that highlight his involvement in historic building conservation work at the Museum given by experts who knew Roger and information at some the buildings that he worked on during the decades of his employment at the Museum. The beautiful furniture that he made, specific to historic building at the Museum, will not be forgotten and the presentations will provide something both for those who knew Roger and those who did not but appreciate his work here.

A programme for the weekend, subject to change, is here: 4 September: Daily flyer  5 September: Daily flyer

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How We Are Keeping You Safe

We will continue to put extra safety measures in place to ensure we are COVID-19 secure, 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 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–4pm), 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

See what other interesting Historic Life weekends we have in store for the remainder of 2021! 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 4–5 September 2021