Museum News

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)

Free visit for teachers: Saturday 12 October 2019

On Saturday 12 October, you are invited to our Autumn Teacher Preview Day to find out more about the Museum, what we offer for school groups and opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Enjoy free entry to our 40-acre site for you and up to two guests, as well as a welcome pack including free... (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)

Summer is here… well, almost!

Come and enjoy this wonderful season among our historic buildings and beautiful downland landscape. As green shoots and new life pop up all over the Museum, we have some great events for the whole family to enjoy. Joining our recently opened bakehouse earlier in the year, we look forward to our stunning new dairy opening... (read more)

Father’s Day adventure and Summertime fun for all the family with free entry for Dads!

Fathers Day is on Sunday, 16 June and is a fantastic time to visit us, with free entry for all fathers and grandfathers. Come and enjoy our 40-acre site in the South Downs National Park this summertime. The Museum is fun for all the family with a collection of 50 historic buildings to explore, plus... (read more)

Three hundred teeth?

Blood suckers. Parasites. Ten stomachs. Thirty two brains. Three sets of jaws. Three hundred teeth… Hard to like based on those features? Yet those very features have led to an important role in the history of medicine. It continues today in the recovery process after plastic surgery and in the dispersal of blood clots. The... (read more)

Welcoming ‘Positive Thinkers’

We are thrilled to welcome “Positive Thinkers” (our Local Alzheimer’s Society support group) to the museum today. They will be auditing the accessibility of the museum which will then be sent to our Access Pillar Fundraising Strategy. It is our aim that the museum continues to be welcoming to all visitors whilst also helping us... (read more)

Spring Show ‘The Good Life: Revive, Recycle, Restore’ – 5 & 6 May

Something exciting is brewing at the Weald & Downland Living Museum for Sunday, 5 and Monday, 6 May. It’s the first Big Weekender event for 2019, our Spring Show – ‘The Good Life: Revive, Recycle, Restore’. The rural communities were the masters of up-cycling and sustainable living well before it ever became fashionable. Making the... (read more)