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Landscape Artwork by John Hitchens

Local artist John Hitchens has followed in the footsteps of both his father (Ivon) and grandfather (Alfred) who were also renowned painters in their own right.

John is a landscape painter and his works are heavily influenced by the South Downs area in which he lives. His works are concerned with the textures and patterns he sees in the landscape and he has developed a more abstract style to reflect this. Often using the actual materials of the landscape – wood and stone – on which to paint his creations in earthy tones, the exhibition covers a wide range of visually stunning pieces.


Information for Visitors

The exhibition will be on show from 19 June to 30 October, we aim to have it open daily but this will be subject to the availability of volunteers. If this is an integral part of your visit to the Museum please do contact us on the morning of your visit to to check the exhibition is available on that day. Please call 01243 811363 for more information.

The Museum’s 40 acres site, historic gardens and buildings are fascinating places to learn about rural history. Visitors can purchase grain from the Shepherds Hut (coffee cart) and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Whilst enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air, look out for the heavy horses and other traditional breed farm animals including pigs, chickens and geese. There are a number of lovely woodland trails, including a woodland play area for children to explore.

Our waterside café will be open or visitors can bring a picnic as there are plenty of picnic areas available on site. Takeaway refreshments will be available from our Shepherd’s Hut (coffee cart) located near the Stables. 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.

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Mon 19 June 2023–Mon 30 October 2023