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Historic Life Weekend: Herbal Heritage (cancelled)

Saturday 20 June to Sunday 21 June 2020
10:30am - 6pm

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, display, guided walks and talks you can find out more about herbal knowledge – medicinal and culinary – from the Saxons to 20th century. There will also be short talks on herbal identification and herbs that are still used today in different forms. Heritage seeds and herbs will be on sale in the Museum shop.

A full programme of talks and demonstrations will be uploaded here a month or so before the event.


For 2020 we have a new 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.

A full programme for each weekend will be published online about a week ahead and the programmes are subject to change.


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.