Sheep shepherding and shepherd

Sheep, Shepherding & Shepherd’s Huts

Sheep and Shepherding have a long regional tradition, with breeds of sheep that developed over time. Southdown sheep are closely associated with this area and can be seen regularly at the Museum, and will be contrasted with earlier breeds. This weekend will also explore the lives of the people who looked after them, from the tools and clothing to huts the shepherd’s lived in. Once practical living arrangements for people on the move with a flock, they have become popular items in recent years. A range of informal talks, displays of collection items and demonstrations of craft skills associated with wool will be on display at the Museum across the weekend.

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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 2–3 July 2022