School News

Free visit for teachers: Saturday 7 March 2020

On Saturday 7 March 2020, you are invited to our Spring 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 resources and refreshments on arrival.

The day provides an opportunity for you to talk to our specialist schools team about the large variety of workshops we offer. Team members will be on hand to discuss your specific requirements and how we can arrange a bespoke visit to suit your needs, including cross-curricular links where desired.

Explore the whole Museum site, including some taster sessions demonstrating our workshops.

To book your place please email [email protected] and give your name, school name and those of your two guests.

Schools exhibition – October 2020

During a couple of weeks in October 2020 we are inviting school groups to put up an exhibition inspired by the Weald & Downland Living Museum and steward it in the newly opened Michael Burton Gallery at the Museum.

We are offering a maximum of 2 days per schools exhibition and the dates available are:

Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 October
Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 October
Friday 16 October
Monday 19 October
Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 October
Thursday 22 – Friday 23 October

Please send an email with your idea to [email protected] to reserve a date for your school group. We will let you know the layout and set up arrangements.
No costs apply. This activity is part of the Museum’s celebration of its 50th birthday in 2020.

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 Victorian focus or we can provide a bespoke day that meets your class’s needs.

Cost: £9.50 per pupil, including entry and a full day of workshops.

Maximum 60 children per day.

For more details please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]



An exciting, creative group for 8-12 year olds at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

We meet for a half-day on a Saturday once a month.

Don’t miss out – sign up and join us today!

A half-day Saturday once a month (see details below).

Within the historic houses of our Museum.

Who is it for?
It’s for 8 to 12 year-olds. The group will be friendly, informal and fun, with a small team of Museum leaders who will be there every session too. We’ll expect everyone to get along and help each other – there will be lots to do each time!

What will they do?
Lots of different indoor and outdoor activities! Craft activities, helping with a rural life weekend, the ‘worst jobs’ in history, calligraphy, natural navigation/survival skills, foal watch, music, Olympics/games day, library team day, and much more…

There is also an optional overnight camp each August.


Your child can join the History Gang at any time during the year and sessions for 2019 will run on the following dates:

  • February 16th
  • March 16th
  • April 13th
  • May 18th
  • June 15th
  • July 27th
  • September 21st
  • October 19th
  • November 16th

Please see these two documents for details:

If you have any difficulty accessing these documents or have a question, please contact Sally on 01243 811459 or [email protected].