MUSEUM CALENDAR: FULL LIST Of EVENTS

  • Furniture exhibition: Just Champion

    Friday 15 February to Friday 26 April 2019
    ‘Just Champion’: Replica furniture made for the Museum by Roger Champion since the 1970s. In the Michael Burton Gallery, from 15 Feb until 26 April. Master Carpenter Roger Champion has been involved in the work of the Weald... (more info)
  • Spring half term activities

    Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019
    11.00am - 3.00pm
    Wrap up warm and head to the Museum for five days of creative half term family activities from Monday 18 to Friday 22 February 2019. From make and take activities to creative crafts – activities vary daily, so there is always... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Museum Makers

    Saturday 30 March to Sunday 31 March 2019
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    HISTORIC LIFE WEEKENDS 2019 For 2019 we have a new series of Historic Life weekends focusing on different historical angles of the Museum’s collection. There will be a chance to chat to experts, see demonstrations and displays as well as... (more info)
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    Easter at the Museum

    Monday 08 April to Monday 22 April 2019
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    The Museum is a wonderful place to visit at Easter. From our traditional Easter weekend to family-friendly Easter activities – there’s something for everyone! Easter marks the start of our main season, when the longer days and... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Bread & Butter

    Saturday 13 April to Sunday 14 April 2019
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    HISTORIC LIFE WEEKENDS 2019 For 2019 we have a new series of Historic Life weekends focusing on different historical angles of the Museum’s collection. There will be a chance to chat to experts, see demonstrations and displays as well as... (more info)
  • Shakespeare’s Lost Women (Ticketed)

    Monday 22 April 2019
    7:30pm
    Easter Bank Holiday Monday Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. A brilliant revival of Shakespeare’s Lost Women by prolific writing partnership Gleadall & Mosse, to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday Shakespeare’s Lost Women is a... (more info)
  • The Good Life: Revive, Recycle, Restore

    Sunday 05 May to Monday 06 May 2019
    10.30am - 5pm
    Rural communities were the masters of upcycling before it ever became fashionable; Making and mending, reusing and repairing and looking to nature for home grown remedies were all central parts of countryside living. Join us for our first... (more info)
  • Exhibition: Museum Herbarium

    Thursday 09 May to Sunday 23 June 2019
    Find out more about the plants in the six historic gardens at the Museum through this fascinating record, the Museum Herbarium. With associated items on display. Further information and dates of short talks to follow on these pages in... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Ink, Books & Quills

    Saturday 11 May to Sunday 12 May 2019
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    The production of books and the way the lettering went onto the page, to produce everything from a probate inventory to published book is the fascinating subject that will be explored in the third historic life weekend of the year. Talk to... (more info)
  • Museum at Night: May (Ticketed)

    Friday 17 May to Saturday 18 May 2019
    8.45pm - 11.00pm
    On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2019 we will open our doors from 8.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks. These enchanting walks offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – you will... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Medieval Medicine

    Saturday 25 May to Sunday 26 May 2019
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    So if you were to wake up in the morning, 500 or 750 years ago and did not feel too well, or had an accident in the home, what could you have done? Where might you have gone for help? And how effective might different treatments have been?... (more info)
  • Day of Dance

    Sunday 09 June 2019
    From 11am to 3.45pm
    Join us on for a day of dance at the Museum. There will be a number of morris sides dancing in different locations at the Museum, including in the market square area. A programme for the day will be posted here shortly before the event.... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Wood Crafts & Uses

    Saturday 15 June to Sunday 16 June 2019
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    Wood is an essential building material, for homes, furniture and much more.  Find out about the way it is worked into the different forms, with demonstrations from a range of craftspeople and displays. Which trees are used for which... (more info)
  • Poisoned Beds (ticketed)

    Friday 21 June 2019
    Doors open at 7pm, with the play starting at 7.30pm
    This performance will take place at the Museum on Friday 21 June. Doors open at 7pm, with the play starting at 7.30pm. The performance will last around 50 minutes, followed by refreshments and a Q&A hosted by Greg Mosse. Ending... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Midsummer & Plant Lore

    Saturday 22 June to Sunday 23 June 2019
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    A special interest weekend at midsummer with talks and tours through our 6 historic gardens and displays to explore traditional ideas and uses around different herbs and plants. Each of the gardens is set to the era of the home it... (more info)
  • Exhibition: ‘Accents on the Landscape’

    Monday 01 July to Sunday 28 July 2019
    A chance to see a new series of waterclours by artist, Gordon Rushmer.  In this travelling exhibition, ‘Accents on the Landscape’ Ancient Churches of West Sussex, there is a chance to enjoy the detailed work of this well-know... (more info)
  • Rare Breeds Show 2016 - Weald & Downland Museum

    Rare & Traditional Breeds Show

    Sunday 14 July 2019
    10.00am - 4.30pm
    The Rare & Traditional Breeds Show is back at the Museum for 2019! UK smallholders play a vital role in nurturing rare and traditional breeds of livestock, and hundreds of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats who will participate in the show.... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Saxon Archaeology

    Saturday 20 July to Sunday 21 July 2019
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    To coincide with the nation-wide Festival of Archaeology, we will have a weekend of demonstrations and displays relating to the finds that have been left from the fascinating Saxon era. Alongside displays of pottery, textiles and other... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesdays

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 7 August

    Wednesday 07 August 2019
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for families, which take place at the Museum every Wednesday in August! A list of activities will be uploaded to this page in advance of each Wonderful Wednesday and a flyer and map will be... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesdays

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 14 August

    Wednesday 14 August 2019
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for families, which take place at the Museum every Wednesday in August! A list of activities will be uploaded to this page in advance of each Wonderful Wednesday and a flyer and map will be... (more info)
  • Saddles & Steam: Horse Power to Horse Power

    Saturday 17 August to Sunday 18 August 2019
    10.30am - 5pm
    Celebrating every mode of transport from our four legged friends to the invention of the combustion engine, this two day Summer hit will be packed with horse displays, an army of steam engines, World War vehicles and classic cars to name... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesdays

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 21 August

    Wednesday 21 August 2019
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for families, which take place at the Museum every Wednesday in August! A list of activities will be uploaded to this page in advance of each Wonderful Wednesday and a flyer and map will be... (more info)
  • Relaxed morning opening

    Thursday 22 August 2019
    9am-10.30am
    For two morning this summer (Tuesday, 30 July and Thursday, 22 August) we will be opening our doors from 9am, designed for visitors who prefer a quieter visit, and a time when there are no dogs on the Museum site. The opening is to be... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesdays

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 28 August

    Wednesday 28 August 2019
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for families, which take place at the Museum every Wednesday in August! A list of activities will be uploaded to this page in advance of each Wonderful Wednesday and a flyer and map will be... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Textiles

    Saturday 31 August to Sunday 01 September 2019
    11.00am - 5.00pm
    Find out about the production of textiles, with a focus on wool and flax, as well as the later stages of spinning, weaving, braiding and natural dyeing. There is much to inspire modern makers from the skills of the past. We will also have... (more info)
  • Pasture to Plate: Farming, Food & Horticulture

    Saturday 05 October to Sunday 06 October 2019
    10.30am - 5pm
    Exciting new Autumn show for 2019, focusing on our fabulous farming, food and horticultural heritage. Further details to follow in Spring 2019. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram (@wealddownmuseum) to stay in touch.... (more info)
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    Museum at Night: Family Tale Trail (Ticketed)

    Thursday 31 October 2019
    4.45pm - 7.15pm
    Book now for our Museum at Night family-friendly guided walk! This special evening is designed for families to enjoy an enchanting walk which offers a truly out of the ordinary experience. You will be guided by lamplight to different... (more info)
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    Museum at Night November (Ticketed)

    Friday 01 November to Saturday 02 November 2019
    6.45pm - 9pm
    On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November 2019 we will open our doors from 6.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks. These enchanting walks offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – you... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Fire & Light

    Saturday 02 November to Sunday 03 November 2019
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Today we can come home to a house that can often be heated quickly, with the means to cook rapidly and light at the flick of a switch. A walk through the Museum during this weekend will give a better idea of how homes in the past were lit... (more info)
  • Christmas Market

    Friday 22 November to Sunday 24 November 2019
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    Find that perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at the Museum! Our bustling Christmas Market sees over 150 stands – selling arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more – ‘pop up’ in our collection of rescued... (more info)
  • Tree Dressing 2017

    Tree Dressing

    Sunday 01 December 2019
    10.30am - 4.30pm (activities from 12.30pm)
    Tree Dressing is a magical occasion for all the family, celebrating the importance of trees in our lives. Make a greenery headdress and turn a jam jar into a lantern Join the procession illuminated by hundreds of lanterns Dress the aspen... (more info)
  • Christmas at the Museum

    Thursday 26 December to Friday 27 December 2019
    10.30am - 4pm
    From Tudor to Victorian times, a historic festive treat awaits visitors on Boxing Day and Friday 27 December, when the Museum’s traditionally decorated houses will reflect the spirit of Christmas through the ages. It is a wonderful time... (more info)