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Historic Life Weekend: Baking Through the Ages

Saturday 21 March to Sunday 22 March 2020
10.30am - 4.00pm

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and community is paramount. In light of Government issued advice, we will be cancelling all events until mid-May, after this time we will review the situation.

We are truly sorry for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for the latest updates.

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Bread and butter are staple foods that we almost take for granted. Yet there is much more to both than meets the eye. What were the methods used and finished bread like at different times in the past? And what might be used if wheat or other crops were poor in a particular year? How likely were you at various times to have unscrupulous producers bulking out bread with other products? When in the year was butter made and available?

During this weekend we will not only be celebrating our new bakehouse, but exploring this staple of our diet from other houses across the Museum. With the chance to have tasters in certain areas and gain inspiration for baking at home. Butter from the dairy and flour from the mill are essential components of this weekend and you can find out more about how the produce is created and used. This weekend also complements the March brewing weekend.


For 2020 we have an expanded series of Historic Life weekends focusing on different historical angles of the Museum’s collection. 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 and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.


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 oxen, 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 9am-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.