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Message from the Director regarding temporary closure of the Museum (5 Nov – 2 Dec)


Following the recent Government announcement, the Weald & Downland Living Museum has chosen to close for this period of national lockdown to protect our community and support wider efforts to contain COVID-19.

Our intention is to honour the spirit of the lockdown by dissuading unnecessary travel and limiting contact between individuals for this 28-day period. We want to play our part in reducing the spread of the virus and to help keep people safe.

Every organisation is making the decision that is right for them, their staff, volunteers and visitors and there will be a range of approaches across our sector. I know that not having access to the Museum during this period will be upsetting for many. We have every intention of reopening in early December and look forward to celebrating the festive period with you all.

As we continue to monitor the situation and respond to Government advice and guidance, we will provide updates on our website and across our social media channels.

While we are closed, our staff will continue to monitor our collection and artefacts, protect our unique site and care for our animals.

Finally, on behalf of all of us at the Museum, thank you for your continued loyalty, support and understanding during this difficult time and for your support, messages and visits over the Summer period. We have loved seeing so many of you at the Museum and very much look forward to seeing you again soon. 

In the meantime, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram where we will be posting stories, videos and photos of our truly amazing museum.

Simon Wardell, Museum Director