Middling Culture – the Cultural Lives of the Middling Sort

This weekend has been cancelled.

In this weekend we were to take part in the ‘Middling Culture Project’ – a major new project that aims to transform our understanding of how reading, writing, and material culture fitted into the everyday lives of England’s “middling” people – neither the very rich nor the very poor – in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Talks and displays will explain more about the project, its research and the lives of people who are often described as the ‘middling sort’. We will also explore what we know about reading, writing and material culture in their lives. The Museum is one partner in this project and our involvement has focused specifically around the House from Reigate at the Museum. And not to forget when this weekend falls, you will also be able to explore the traditions surrounding Guy Fawkes – remember, remember the 5th of November.


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 5–6 March 2022