Rural Life Weekend: Home

Saturday 29 September to Sunday 30 September 2018
10:30am - 5:30pm

With exhibit homes at the Museum spanning rural life in south east England from 950AD to the Victorian era, join us over this special weekend for fascinating talks and demonstrations about domestic life through the ages. Come and explore our historic houses!

Read a blogger’s review of our 2017 Home event here.

What’s on?

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Demonstrations vary daily and are subject to change, but we plan to include the following.
For map references see our Museum map here.

Saxon hall, map reference E3
Your home in the year 950AD, just for your immediate family. No animals or extended family lived in this space.

Hall House from Boarhunt, map reference E1
So, having survived the Black Death, has housing improved for you? Today find out about ideas of health and medicine from medieval England in this building.

Bayleaf Farmhouse, map reference B1
THE Tudor home. Everyone who has visited the Museum previously remembers Bayleaf, with its ‘en suite’ and beautiful layout. But how does this building function as a home? And where is the kitchen?

Poplar Cottage, map reference R2
A chocolate-box image of a home from the past, but what would living in this two up and two down smoky home really be like? And would you be able to survive supported by produce from the garden and an indoor workshop?

Tindalls Cottage, map reference R3
Livin in cold homes and doing hard manual labour meant that everyone needed more calories in the past than today. Some calories you would get in liquid form and we’ll be brewing in the copper in Tindalls Cottage all weekend.

Whittaker’s Cottages, map reference V1
The Victorian era. Finally, a home that surely must look and feel something like ours? Well, please take a look and see what you think.


Taster talks

Also enjoy free 10-minute taster talks on subjects such as:

  • Household brewing
  • Furniture and carpentry
  • The apothecary
  • Heavy horses
  • Land Settlement Association
  • Saxon textiles
  • Life in the Tudor House
  • Performance: Smuggling in Sussex

Please note that all demonstrations, talks and performances are all subject to change. If there is something you are particularly keen to see, please contact us on the morning of your visit on 01243 811020 or email [email protected].

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