During the hours of dusk and darkness visitors can enjoy an enchanting and atmospheric winter’s evening at the Museum’s beautiful downland location. With just oil lamps and candle light to shine the way around the Museum’s houses, a taste of the past is recreated set against the tranquillity of the countryside.
At the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
The Museum will be opening its doors on Friday 28 November, from 5.00pm – 7.30pm for booked visitors.
The event takes the form of a guided walk through the Museum stopping at some of the houses to discover what the hours of darkness meant to the people who lived there in the past.
Discover who would be out after dark, what they would be doing, how they lit their homes and kept warm. Each house will be authentically illuminated by the warm glow of crackling open fires and candles.
Richard Pailthorpe, Museum Director commented:
“The Museum is a magical place at dusk and during darkness – it gives visitors a unique experience. Today we are so accustomed to our homes being lit up, that it is difficult to imagine how our ancestors lived with only a candle for seeing in the dark.”
The walk has been carefully designed for a small group of people and will finish with hot refreshments. To avoid disappointment early booking is strongly recommended.
Notes to editors
Reporters and photographers welcome. For further information and photographs contact Kate Russell on 01243 811014.
Further details about the Museum and its activities are available on the Museum’s website www.wealddown.co.uk.
Admission prices for 2014 are adults £10.70, over 65s £9.70, children £5.90, family £30.40 (2+3), under 4 years are free. Prices including Gift Aid are adults £11.90, children £6.50, over 65s £10.90, family £33.50.
The Museum is open daily until 22 December with opening hours 10.30 – 6pm during British Summer Time, and until 4pm during the rest of the year.
Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, the award-winning Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has 50 historic building exhibits and is designated by the Government for the outstanding importance of its collections.
Exhibits include a medieval farmstead; a working watermill producing wholemeal stoneground flour; exhibitions focusing on traditional building techniques and agriculture; historic gardens, farm livestock and a working Tudor kitchen.
The Museum runs a well-established schools programme, and an award winning adult learning programme of courses in building conservation and rural crafts. There is a café which uses the Museum’s own flour and a shop with gifts and books on countryside and buildings themes.
The modern Downland Gridshell houses the Museum’s building conservation centre and artefact collection; there is a daily tour at 1.30pm when the Museum is open, and an appointments system for visits to the collections for research purposes.
“…The greatest variety of 15th and 16th century buildings in the country” – BBC TV’s Tudor Monastery Farm about its choice of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum for the series’ principal location.