Woven Through Time – the Mastery of Basketry
Basket making has a long tradition across the globe. Baskets have practical use for storing items within the home, moving items to market and beyond, carrying belongings for daily tasks and more. Whilst willow is a commonly known and used material, baskets can be made from rush, skeps are made from straw, coiled baskets can be made grasses and other materials. Bark from various trees might also be used, or wood, in stave or swill baskets, which have a tradition outside this region. Many of these skills are in the hands of a relatively small number of people, so these skills are important to demonstrate and share. There will be opportunities to buy baskets or commission them to your own specification.
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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.