Museum News

Message from the Director regarding temporary closure of the Museum (5 Nov – 2 Dec)

Following the recent Government announcement, the Weald & Downland Living Museum has chosen to close for this period of national lockdown to protect our community and support wider efforts to contain COVID-19. Our intention is to honour the spirit of the lockdown by dissuading unnecessary travel and limiting contact between individuals for this 28-day period. We... (read more)

Five-year old Megan takes top prize Museum’s 50th anniversary badge design competition

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we launched a competition earlier in the year asking local young supporters to design a badge to mark our milestone occasion. Museum Director Simon Wardell headed up the judging panel, which also included museum ambassador and actor Hugh Bonneville, artist Annie Timothy and Editor of the Observer Series,... (read more)

Museum Update: Reopening Plans

We are delighted to announce we will be reopening on Monday, 6 July to the general public and from Monday, 22 June to Museum Members only. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to enjoy their much-loved outdoor site, set in 40 acres of the beautiful South Downs National Park. The well-being of our visitors,... (read more)

Garden Wildlife Week: Bayleaf Garden

BAYLEAF GARDEN (created in 1989) researched and designed by Sylvia Landsberg and originally developed by Bob Holman. A recreation of a late medieval garden, laid out in blocks of beds. Each plot, together with the access path, measures 2 x 1 perches (16 ½ x 33 feet), 16 ½ feet is the statutory rod, pole... (read more)

Thinking ourselves back in time – part 3 (Smells)

Still at home?! Pick a nice day and open one of your windows (or go out into your garden). What can you smell?! Hopefully your nose will pick up some nice scents – make a list or draw some pictures of the things you can smell. Do you think you would have experienced the same... (read more)

Giving back to our cherished nurses in celebration of International Nurse Day.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to give back to our hard working nurses, so they can relax, enjoy and take a break from the stresses of the past few months? What better way than by visiting a 40-acre site in the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. A perfect place to... (read more)

Thinking ourselves back in time – part 2 (Sounds)

Lots of us are currently stuck at home! Pick a nice day and take a little time to sit by an open window – what can you hear outside? Make a list or draw a picture of some of the things you can hear making a noise. If we stepped back in time 100 or... (read more)

Thinking ourselves back in time – part 1 (Sights)

With the rain feeding our gardens and the sun getting ready to reappear, many of us are currently stuck inside! Why not take a little time to sit by a window and notice what you can see outside? Make a list or draw a picture of what you can see. Of all the things on... (read more)

Keep Calm and Carry on Gardening!

Gardening is well known for being beneficial to our physical and mental well-being. So that seems even more relevant and important than ever during these unprecedented and challenging times. Spring is a very busy time for gardeners, but also an exciting one… full of promise and optimism, so whether you have a small or large... (read more)

Flowers that herald the arrival of spring

Primrose (Primula vulgaris) pictured above Being one of the first blooms in March, they herald the arrival of spring and warmer days to come. Primula is derived from two Latin words meaning ‘first rose’ and refers to its early flowering. As they bloom when there are very few insects about, the flowers are often not... (read more)