The Golden Future Campaign – 2020 marks our Golden Anniversary!


Since the start of the pandemic, our needs have changed, we NOW need all the help and support we can get to make up the loss in 90% of our income as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Your support means so much to us during this difficult time and any donations are gratefully received.

For the Museum, 2020 is a very special year, a historic moment to be celebrated in this unprecedented year. On 5 September 2020, the Weald & Downland Living Museum turns 50. A half century of architectural and building history, telling the untold stories of the rural past in the South East of England.

The Museum opened its doors to the public on 5 September 1970, when Dr Roy Armstrong’s passion became a reality, to preserve, educate and  celebrate the history of rural England and the way of life for generations of ordinary people.

To this day, the Weald & Downland Living Museum remains true to Dr Armstrong’s vision – it shares the history of the ‘Weald and Downland’ region and the untold stories of the rural past with hundreds and thousands of visitors each year.

Whether they are 5 or 95 – there is something for everyone!

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50 years ago one man, Dr Roy Armstrong, had a passion: to preserve and celebrate the history of rural England and the ordinary people who lived it. And so it came to be that on 5 September 1970, the Weald & Downland Living Museum was born; an open air museum that brings history to life.

We have been a spiritual home and source of imagination to many since we opened to the public 50 years ago, and we continue to give people of all ages a chance to witness a past that is truly alive.

Our Golden Future

As we enter our 50th anniversary year we are looking to our next 50 years with the launch of The Golden Future Campaign.

The campaign will propel us into our 2nd half century. It will enrich the visitor experience, improve visitor facilities and underpin the protection of the buildings and artefacts in our care. It is a milestone moment for the Museum and we invite you to be part of it.

The Golden Future Campaign.
Be part of something historic.