Museum News

Easter Decorations – fun with or without eggs!

Easter has been an important time of year for centuries, especially when religion strongly influenced people’s lives. It is easy to imagine people decorating many of the buildings that we know at the Museum for Easter with yew (representing the palms of Palm Sunday) or Pussy Willow with its pretty yellow fluffiness. They would have... (read more)

Easter Activities For All To Enjoy!

We have a number of egg-citing activities and competitions to keep you creatively active over the two-week Easter holiday break whilst at home. Why not create a piece of art by using your recycling waste aka ‘junk modelling’? How about some mindfulness colouring time? Or perhaps test your knowledge of the Museum? The only prerequisite... (read more)

Historical fiction short story competition 2020

Whilst the majority of us haven’t got anywhere to go, being in isolation can have its perks! We all have a wish list of personal accomplishments that we have added to over the years, but never actually get a chance to start/finish due to the rush of everyday (normal) life. Well, what better time than... (read more)

Waste not, want not – baking a banana cake

Waste not want not. Got some overripe bananas to use up? Why not try this recipe from our Bakehouse for a delicious banana cake. BANANA CAKE (makes 12 large slices) Ingredients: 330g self raising flour 70g Weald & Downland flour or other wholemeal flour 180g sugar 180g butter 1 teaspoon of mixed spice 200g dried... (read more)

Working from home – our baker keeps baking!

With many of us working from home or just spending more time in currently, it’s important to try to keep to your daily routine as much as you can, if you can…. So obviously with being known also as ‘Steve the Baker’, for me this means keeping baking. As you might imagine there’s no shortage... (read more)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – 17/03/2020

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and community is paramount. In light of Government issued advice, we will be cancelling all events until mid-May, after this time we will review the situation. As we are an open air site, with 40 acres of grounds, we will keep access open to visitors, however our... (read more)

Tripadvisor ‘Hall of Fame’

We are proud to announce that not only did the Weald & Downland Living Museum receive Tripadvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for 2019, but also the ‘Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame‘. The Hall of Fame certificate is awarded to businesses that have received a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Approximately 10% of businesses... (read more)

Go wild at the Museum!

Not just a home for fantastic historic buildings, the Weald & Downland Living Museum is a great place for spotting the huge range of wildlife that makes its home in this beautiful West Sussex downland. We have recorded over 53 bird species living here or visiting us during the year – some, like the mallards... (read more)

Ever tried a Sussex Wassailing Cake? Be sure to visit our Bakehouse this Saturday (18/01/20)!

In preparation for the Wassailing that is taking place in the Museum this Saturday (18/1), the Bakehouse has been looking for local recipes using apples and cider in a cake, and trail baked a Sussex Wassailing Cake recipe. The feedback from staff and volunteers has been very positive. So we will be adding it to... (read more)

Museum Closure 14/01/20

Due to severe weather conditions and strong winds the Museum will be closed from 1pm today (14/01/20). The shop and café will remain open and we will update you on the situation throughout the day. Please keep in touch via our social media channels and website for further updates.   We apologise for the inconvenience... (read more)