The wool shop


Besides our historic, exhibit buildings the museum has some 16,000 artefacts in its collections. Although the majority of these are accessible via the guided Gridshell Building tour (1.30 Mon-Fri) it is impossible to see everything. The common thread of this exhibition is ‘signs’, donated to us from a great many different walks of life and which allows different areas of our collections to be explored: from road signs to undertakers, wool shops to water diviners. Find out about the real people behind these signs and see if you recognise any of the names, places or activities on show.

Information for Visitors

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 6 March 2023–Mon 5 June 2023