Museum News

#ThanksToYou Campaign – Free Entry to National Lottery Players (25-29 November)

On Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November 2019 we are taking part in The National Lottery’s ‘#ThanksToYou’ campaign and offering free entry to the Museum for National Lottery players. As a recipient of National Lottery funding – most recently for our stunning new visitor centre ‘Gateway’ – we are keen to thank and remind... (read more)

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

Weald & Downland Living Museum named ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at 2019 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards. Weald & Downland Living Museum was presented with the top prize at a ceremony at The Grand in Brighton on 24th October. Last week the Museum was named ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the 2019 Celebration... (read more)

Calling all collectors! People’s Show 2020

As part of the Weald & Downland Living Museum’s 50th Anniversary we will be holding a ‘People’s Show’ from 13 February until 11 May 2020. At the Museum we have around 16,500 items in our collection dealing with rural life and building activities, but we also know that some of you have wonderful collections too... (read more)

Festive, Food & Fun! Join us at our Christmas Market 22-24 November 2019

Join us and our collection of rescued historic buildings, which set the scene for our atmospheric Christmas Market, which takes place over three days from Friday 22 November to Sunday 24 November, 10.30am-4pm. The Christmas Market offers superb value for money, with a reduced entry price to both the Museum and Christmas Market of just... (read more)

Golden Future Campaign Launch

The Weald & Downland Living Museum launches The Golden Future Campaign – a two-year fundraising campaign to raise in excess of £2m. The Weald & Downland Living Museum first opened its doors on 5 September 1970 to preserve and celebrate the history of rural England. To mark the Museum’s 50th anniversary, the Museum has launched... (read more)

Thank you! We made it over the line – Newdigate Bakehouse & Eastwick Park Dairy

The Museum is delighted to have reached our fundraising goal!  Due to a generous legacy we have reached our target.  We would like to thank all those who have generously donated to enable us to bring these two buildings to life.  To the individual Donors and the Trusts and Foundations which include DCMS/Wolfson, The Ian... (read more)

Celebrate the end of the harvest season!

Come join us and celebrate the end of the wonderful harvest season! On 5 & 6 October, we will be celebrating the end of the wonderful harvest season, and we would like you to be a part of our celebrations! Interested?  Here’s what you can expect from our popular annual ‘Autumn and Countryside show: Farming... (read more)

Walking Weekend at the Museum Sat, 7 & Sun, 8 September

Join Richard Pailthorpe, former Museum Director, on a guided two-mile stroll around the Museum parkland which will include the coppiced woodland and the adjoining boundary with West Dean Park. The Museum site forms part of the 19th Century eastern landscaped parkland created by the James family. The walk will explore areas that are not usually... (read more)

Winter Workshops 2019/20

Bookings are now being taken for our 2019/20 Winter Workshops. If you plan to visit us during December 2019 through to February 2020, why not take part in one of our special whole day programmes, which can be tailored to suit the time period you are studying. We offer sessions with a Saxon, Tudor or... (read more)

Shakespeare Week 2020

Calling all schools Book now for a special day of literacy, drama and history activities during this year’s Shakespeare Week. In this full day of workshops your group will learn about everyday life in Shakespeare’s England and work on ‘Macbeth’. Suitable for KS2-KS3. The day will finish with a group performance to showcase the skills... (read more)