Hlw working the land

Working the Land – Feast of the First Fruits

The term ‘Ag Lab’ or ‘Agricultural Labourer’ is often found when doing family history census research. Working on the land, in a way similar to the inhabitants of the historic homes of the Museum, was frequently hard work and precarious. The development of various tools and machinery changed the work, as well as growing conditions. During this weekend, traditions of celebrations at ‘Lammas’ will be explored; it is another traditional point in the year to pause, with often part of the harvest in by this time and the opening towards the next season. It was also a season of hiring fairs, to find a workforce for the coming months. There will also be a chance to find out more about family history records and how to go about your own research.

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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 30–31 July 2022