Museum News

Work is about to begin on the construction of our Gateway Project

By 9 March 2016January 13th, 2021No Comments

The site opposite the Museum entrance has now been cleared for the construction of our new Gateway Project buildings; the main contractor, Pilbeam, is due to move on to the Museum site on Monday 7 March, when building work will commence.

In preparation for the groundwork, we will be lowering the water level in the millpond by a small amount – this will begin on Monday 22 February. This means that, although the watermill will be stewarded and open for visitors to explore, no milling will take place for a period of 4-6 weeks.

We will post regular updates on our website and social media accounts, and you can also call us on 01243 811363 or email office@www.wealddown.co.uk.

We would like to thank our visitors for their understanding during this period of change.

Medieval house from Sole Street re-erection

Sole Street

The timbers of the medieval house from Sole Street are currently being conserved in the Gridshell building by Museum Carpenter in Residence, Joe Thompson, plus his team of two Heritage Lottery Funded Building Conservation trainees.

The house will be re-erected on a new site (just beyond the School from West Wittering) in June – the site is being prepared and visitors can enjoy watching the building rise at our Raising the Frame event, 18-19 June 2016.

New Heritage Lottery Funded appointments

A considerable amount of work is going on behind the scenes preparing the texts for the new interpretation galleries and recruiting other Heritage Lottery Funded traineeships.

Welcome to Richard Toogood and Claire Vidler, Building Conservation trainees. Richard and Claire are assisting Joe Thompson, Museum Carpenter in Residence, with the conservation and re-erection of two buildings for the Museum.

Be a part of our project

Although the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded us £4million towards our project costs, there is still a long way to go and we need your support for the Gateway Project to become a reality.

If you are able to help us by giving a donation – however large or small – please visit our JustGiving web page or download a donation form here. Thank you!

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