On 5 September 2021, the Weald & Downland Living Museum turned 51. As we approached our anniversary weekend, we decided to take a look back over the last 5 decades and mention some of the key events that have taken place at the Weald & Downland Living Museum over the past 51 years!
Let’s take a look back at some of the key events from the 2010’s:
- The Museum celebrate their 50-year anniversary
- The 18th century Tindall’s cottage is conserved and re-erected on site
- New building exhibits include the replica Anglo-Saxon Hall house, the 18th/19th century May Day Farm barn and stable from the Kent weald, the dairy from Eastwick Park, and the village bakehouse from Newdigate
- The Museum wins a Europa Nostra award for its historic building conservation training programme and is named a Grand Prix laureate by the European Commission, in recognition of outstanding heritage achievements
- In 2017 the Museum opens its £5.5 million ‘Gateway Project’, a new visitor centre with interpretation galleries, a café and shop which received a £4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (now National Heritage Lottery Fund).
On the anniversary weekend of the opening of the Museum, we spent the weekend focusing on the buildings at the heart of the Museum collection – their construction methods, building forms, and conservation. This weekend also paid tribute to Roger Champion (1937-2021), Museum Master Carpenter.