Weald and downland living museum bakehouse and dairy

Donate: Bakehouse & Dairy

Help us  bring two new fantastic buildings to life!

With thanks to our generous supporters and donors, the Museum is delighted to have been awarded £224,500 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund as part of its £4 million grant for English Museums and Galleries. The funds have enabled us to reconstruct two significant historic buildings – the Newdigate Bakehouse and Eastwick Park Dairy – here at the Weald & Downland Living Museum! These buildings will be used to showcase heritage food production for our visitors to learn and enjoy.

We would also like to thank many other trusts and foundations and individuals for their continuous and generous support for this wonderful project. We are almost there, however we still need funds to bring these buildings to life and open the doors to provide an enticing range of opportunities for visitors, students and school children. On completion of this project, visitors and students will be able to engage with authentic production processes and experience the full story of local food production, from field to plate.

About the buildings

Newdigate Bakehouse

Newdigate bakehouse RH 1988

With its origins in the 17th century, this bakehouse is from the village of Newdigate, near Dorking, in Surrey.

It housed an extensive Victorian bakery when it was dismantled in the 1980s. Its reconstruction will give the Museum a working historic bakery in which to demonstrate the art of baking. The Museum’s ultimate aim is to supply goods made with the flour milled on site using its 17th century watermill.





Eastwick Park Dairy

DSC06155 Eastwick Dairy

This unusual – originally thatched – model dairy from the Eastwick Park Estate in Surrey dates from circa 1807. It comprises two octagonal brick buildings linked by a covered walkway.

Its restoration and reinstatement at the Museum will offer another working building linked to food production, where traditional dairying techniques can be demonstrated.



These exciting new projects will develop our educational programme, be a delight for visitors and grow the accessibility of our collections.

How to donate

The funding we have already received goes a long way towards meeting the project costs, leaving us with £15,000 to raise, to enable the completion of the project. Those individuals and trusts interested in contributing toward the project should contact Nicola Pratt, Fundraising Development Manager on:

    • Call 01243 811041
    • Email [email protected]
    • Give online via JustGiving using the button below:

Fundraising and Development Team
Weald & Downland Living Museum
Town Lane
West Sussex
PO18 0EU

  • Or simply pop in and speak to a member of staff.

If you are a UK taxpayer please do Gift Aid your donation, as the scheme will increase the value of your contribution because the Museum can reclaim the tax (by 25p for every £1).