How to read a historic house

How To Read A Historic House – Explore. Learn. Conserve.

Houses that are lived in change over time, responding to the needs of the occupants. To be a house detective and work backwards, to discover an earlier form, is often painstaking work. This weekend focusses on some features that evolved over time that are useful to understand when doing such a project, as well as thinking about materials available. From chimneys, to fireplaces and doorways, roofing materials and other construction materials, short talks and displays will give information on different elements and a chance to discuss with experts.

For more information about this weekend please check out the daily flyer: Saturday and daily flyer: Sunday (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 9.30am–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 2022 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 March 2022