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We won! Sussex Life’s Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019

By 28 October 2019January 26th, 2021No Comments
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The Weald & Downland Living Museum has been named ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the 2019 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards. The Museum was presented with the top prize at a ceremony at The Grand in Brighton on 24 October.

Last week the Museum was named ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the 2019 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards. The prize attracted entrants from across East and West Sussex and was awarded to the Museum “as a venue that guaranteed a good day out that shows Sussex at its best.”

Judges for the prize also considered the value for money offered by each attraction and whether it was in tune with the local environment. Home to over 50 historic buildings from across the Weald and Downland region of Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey and Kent, the Museum’s collection represents almost a 1,000 years of rural life in South East England.

Amongst the award-winning collection of homes, shops and public buildings are a medieval farmstead, market hall, school, smithy, bake-house, dairy and even a tin church, presented just as they would have been in the past with roaring fires, straw beds, hot ovens and historic gardens.

Interactive exhibits and live demonstrations can be experienced through our calendar of Historic Life Weekends and events, on everything from cooking and spinning to making medicines and cosmetics, as well as cleaning and laundering mean that the Museum offers a fascinating day out that delivers excellent value for money.

In addition, the Museum hosts special events and open days, including various upcoming festive events throughout November and December.

Speaking about the award, Emma Keen, Marketing Manager said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this prize by Sussex Life. It’s particularly wonderful to receive this as we look forward to 2020 and celebrating our 50th anniversary. The award reflects the hard work of the whole team, which includes not only staff, but volunteers and community alike. It inspires us to keep enhancing our visitor experience and maintaining our rich-in-history collections and artefacts to make the Museum one of the best attractions in the region.”

As well as welcoming tourists from across the world, the Museum also runs a range of courses in traditional rural trades and crafts, historic building conservation and two MSc programmes as well as fun and fascinating workshops aimed at schools.