Sow to dough - our daily bread

Sow To Dough – Our Daily Bread

Bread has long been a staple of diet in this region, so much so it is easy to take for granted. During this weekend the place of bread in the diet of the rural poor, and those living in the historic homes of the Museum, will be considered and contrasted with what the better off in society might have had access to and our diet today. The activity will focus on demonstrations and talks from the mill, Saxon building, Tudor kitchen, bakehouse and other historic homes where bread would have been prepared on the hearth. This includes a consideration of the nutritional value, shady practices around the adulteration of flour, role of the miller, whether bread was bought of made at home, poplar or available sorts of bread and links with religion.

For more information about this weekend please check out the daily flyer 2-3 April (subject to change).

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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 April 2022