We are a self-funding Independent Museum and Charity and our day-to-day running costs are funded largely by our visitors (admission revenue). Being Independent means that we are not in receipt of regular income from outside bodies such as local councils or central government. To undertake specific projects, such as the re-erection of a new exhibit building, we rely on fundraising initiatives, including applications to Trusts and Foundations.

The Museum is not just about re-erecting exhibit buildings,  however: we need to continue to conserve, repair and safe-guard them for future generations and this is where we need your help.


The Museum  is currently fundraising for an Endowment Appeal.  Double your money!

£1 million Endowment Appeal

The Museum has a  £1 million Endowment Appeal, which will safeguard our fantastic historic buildings. The Museum has been very fortunate to secure an offer of match funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for ALL donations to support the conservation of our buildings through a new Museum Conservation Endowment Fund.

Find out more and donate here.

Thank You! We made it over the Line 

Newdigate Bakehouse and Eastwick Park Dairy

The Museum is delighted to have reached our fundraising goal!  Due to a generous legacy we have reached our target.  We still have some work to do but these two wonderful buildings will be completed in the coming months with an official opening Autumn 2019.

We would like to thank all those who have generously donated to enable us to bring these two buildings to life.  To the individual Donors and the Trusts and Foundations which include DCMS/Wolfson, The Ian M Foulerton Charitable Trust, The Violet Flannagan Charitable Trust, The Bassil Shippam and Alsford Charitable Trust, The Aurelius Charitable Settlement, The Sargent Charitable Trust and the Arts Society Chichester.

The Bakehouse is partially open, when staffing allows,  and there is freshly baked bread for our visitors to try.  Do drop by when you next visit.


Many of our Annual Members and visitors may be unaware that the Museum is a charity and that as a registered charity we can, and occasionally do, benefit from Gifts in Wills.  Recent Legacies have enabled us to:

  • Fund the completion of the Bakehouse and Dairy.
  • Fund research into Titchfield Market Hall ready for a large conservation project.
  • Enabled the Museum to progress the construction of our new site maintenance workshop and office. The project has already been part funded by a Trust. It will make a real difference to how we maintain and care for the site on which the Museum sits.

Legacies are a source of income upon which many charities depend but which are less common within the museum world. We are very grateful to those who have already chosen to support us in this way as each gift, whatever its size, helps ensure the future of this much-loved Museum.

Planning your gift to the Museum

Such a gift is among the most far reaching and valuable contributions a supporter can make, directly benefiting future generations of Museum visitors. Making a legacy is simple and there are three ways in which you can do this:

  • A residual legacy in your Will is a share or percentage of your estate after all other gifts and debts have been paid.
  • A pecuniary or cash legacy in your Will is a fixed sum of money, the value of which may decrease over time.
  • A specific legacy in your Will is a particular asset such as property, shares or personal possessions.

Legal advice
It is very important to take independent professional advice when writing your Will.

Alternatively, please contact:

The Fundraising (Development) Manager
Weald & Downland Living Museum
West Sussex
PO18 0EU

Telephone 01243 811041 or email [email protected] or [email protected].