Weald & Downland Living Museum

Weald & Downland Living Museum Step back in time! Enjoy rescued rural buildings, set in 40 acres of the South Downs National Park, depicting ,1000 years of rural life in South East England.

Come and explore 50 original rescued historic buildings, reconstructed in a beautiful 40-acre downland setting. Watch the heavy horses at work; visit the medieval farmstead, working Tudor kitchen and 17th century watermill; or relax with a picnic. Enjoy the history and tranquillity of rural Sussex. Follow us on Twitter @WealddownMuseum

Mission: The purpose of the Weald and Downland Living Museum is to stimulate public interest in and to promote and encourage the preservation of buildings of architectural or historical interest and to stimulate public interest in ancient crafts, trades and manufactures. (First object as stated in Memorandum and Articles of Association).

On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks. These enchanting walks offer a...
14/05/2019
Museum at Night: May (Ticketed) | Weald and Downland

On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks. These enchanting walks offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – you will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series of short night-time stories.

Stories this May focus on the theme of poaching. Amongst others, meet Granny Babs with her insight into catching conies and trouble with gamekeepers; discover how the ‘Lord of the Forest’ provide sanctuary for a certain ploughman named Jonas Cade; hear the story of the most recent time that Obadiah Bottleton was up before the bench, and find out who is lurking in the church.

At the end of the evening, participants are invited gather around an open fire for a calming spiced warm drink and biscuit.

Book your tickets here https://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/museum-at-night-may/

On 26 - 27 October, enjoy Museum at Night guided walks from 8.30pm. A lantern will light your way as you stop at our rescued houses to hear historic tales.

Enjoy knitting?Join us on our unique course, Knitting the Landscape, this Wednesday.Wednesday 15 May 2019, 10am-4:30pm£...
13/05/2019
Knitting the landscape | Weald and Downland

Enjoy knitting?

Join us on our unique course, Knitting the Landscape, this Wednesday.

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 10am-4:30pm
£65 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees.

The first part of this course will involve a walk around the Weald and Downland Museum where we will photograph and or sketch ideas, taking inspiration from the colours and patterns seen in the local landscape and buildings. We will take this inspiration back to the classroom and create our own Weald and Downland museum inspired stranded colourwork patterns. First we will convert our ideas into repeatable patterns on graph paper, then we will create swatches and experiment with colour, using naturally dyed, locally sourced Sussex yarn. By the end of the day you will have a Weald and Downland inspired swatch, ready to incorporate into a knitted item of your choice.

Participants will need to have some experience of stranded colourwork/fairisle technique for this course.

Interested in finding out more? Click here https://www.wealddown.co.uk/courses/knitting-the-landscape/

10am-4:30pm The course The first part of this course will involve a walk around the Weald and Downland Museum where we will photograph and or sketch ideas, taking inspiration from the colours and patterns seen in the local landscape and buildings. We will take this inspiration back to the classroom....

If you are tired of wasting spare apples, then turn them into a treat that was the traditional drink of Britain for near...
13/05/2019

If you are tired of wasting spare apples, then turn them into a treat that was the traditional drink of Britain for nearly 1000 years.

Join us on June 15th for our one-day practical Cider Making Course to learn how to make your own delicious cider and apple juice at home. You can even bring your own apples or pears and create a delicious drink from your home-grown produce.

The course is run by Simon Reed who appears regularly in the media and is a campaigner with CAMRA for real cider. Simon started his award winning Rough Old Wife Cidery in Kent 10 years ago and the Cidery now produces 4 delicious un-pasteurised artisan ciders all under traditional methods using local unsprayed apples with no added chemicals.

Click here to book your tickets http://ow.ly/6MPT50u1G0J

Day two of our Historic Life Weekend and we have lots planned for all ages to enjoy. We have displays and demonstrations...
12/05/2019

Day two of our Historic Life Weekend and we have lots planned for all ages to enjoy. We have displays and demonstrations throughout the day, including the Chichester Cathedral library, writing with a quill and using sealing wax, a book display from West Dean College Students and learning how ink was made with Christina Stapley a medicinal herbalist and herbal expert to name but a few.

Enjoy the museum at your own pace, listen to 10 minute talks, have fun in Hambrook Barn, wander through our Tudor farmstead or perhaps join in with a dance at the maypole whilst listening to the music near market square.

Most of all have fun and share your images with us using #WDLM

For more information click here http://ow.ly/E8wK50u4Ctm

What a wonderdul day!Take a look at a selection of images from our Historic Life Weekend: Ink, Books & Quills, including...
11/05/2019

What a wonderdul day!

Take a look at a selection of images from our Historic Life Weekend: Ink, Books & Quills, including woodcut printing, making of inks, writing on parchment with quill, making reed pens, book binding and disappearing fore-edge painting.

Join us today until 5:30 and from 10:30 - 5:30 tomorrow. See you soon!

Join us for our third Historic Life Weekend today, from 10.30am-5.30pmDiscover calligraphy with John, the wonderful skil...
11/05/2019

Join us for our third Historic Life Weekend today, from 10.30am-5.30pm

Discover calligraphy with John, the wonderful skill of disappearing fore-edge painting with Martin and book binding with West Dean College of Arts and Conservation students.

The oven in Newdigate Bakehouse is almost ready to start baking our bread and if we are lucky there will be biscuits baked this afternoon.

Don't miss the Museum Herbarium exhibition in the Michael Burton Gallery. Plus throughout the day there are 10 minute talks for those of you keen to learn more about the art of bookmaking.

We look forward to welcoming you this weekend.

Join us for our third Historic Life Weekend today, from 10.30am-5.30pm and discover the craft skills and knowledge that ...
11/05/2019

Join us for our third Historic Life Weekend today, from 10.30am-5.30pm and discover the craft skills and knowledge that was needed to create books and other documents in the past, from the production of ink, cutting of a quill to the art of calligraphy and disappearing fore-edge painting.

Don't miss the Museum Herbarium exhibition in the Michael Burton Gallery. We have various displays and demonstrations taking place today such as calligraphy, woodcut printing, historical inks and ink making, and more! Plus throughout the day there are 10 minute talks for those of you keen to learn more about the art of bookmaking.

See what’s baking in the Newdigate Bakehouse, meet the millers, chat to the blacksmiths and spot the working farm animals.

For more information click here http://ow.ly/FxpE50u4Bhy
Share your images of the day with us using #WDLM

Join us today for our third Historic Life Weekend: Ink, Books & Quills from 10.30am-5.30pm.Learn about how books were ma...
11/05/2019

Join us today for our third Historic Life Weekend: Ink, Books & Quills from 10.30am-5.30pm.

Learn about how books were made and see demonstrations in bookbinding, calligraphy, fore-edge painting, quill making and more.

There will be a chance to chat to experts, see displays as well as explore the Museum. These are ideal for people specifically interested in the subject areas, as well as those generally interested and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.

A full programme for the weekend can be found here http://ow.ly/R88r50u1BgF

From May to September we have a series of afternoon and evening talks for you to enjoy!  On Sunday 19th May join Carolyn...
10/05/2019
Fairies - Traditional - and Modern | Weald and Downland

From May to September we have a series of afternoon and evening talks for you to enjoy!

On Sunday 19th May join Carolyn Larrington, a professor of Medieval European literature at the University of Oxford, as she looks at traditional and modern day interpretations of Fairies.
Medieval fairies are not the tiny, winged creatures of the Victorian imagination nor of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rather they are irresistibly beautiful – and highly dangerous.

In this talk, Carolyne Larrington reveals a host of traditional British tales and discusses her “Modern Fairies Project”.

Read more and buy your tickets here http://ow.ly/CEfp50u1EAv
Make the most of our promotional offer, when you buy 5 tickets get 1 free!

2pm-3.30pm The Talk Medieval fairies are not the tiny, winged creatures of the Victorian imagination nor of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rather they are irresistibly beautiful – and highly dangerous. They live alongside our world, within a strangely warped time and space, and their d...

Yesterday South Downs National Park launched a truly fantastic campaign to assist bees to thrive across the Downs.  Take...
10/05/2019

Yesterday South Downs National Park launched a truly fantastic campaign to assist bees to thrive across the Downs.

Take a closer look here https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/

🐝Today, we’re launching our Bee Lines campaign to establish new wildflower corridors to link chalk grassland sites across the South Downs National Park.

From household gardens to commercial farmland, we can all play a part in helping our hardworking pollinators to thrive.

Want to get involved? 👉 https://www.southdownstrust.org.uk/beelines/

#Beelines #BeeCount #ButterflyCount #Bees #SaveTheBees #SouthDowns #SouthDownsNationalPark #DiscoverNationalParks #Conservation #Wildlife #Nature #NatGeo

There's a real buzz in our shop this May as we celebrate Bees! We have a wide selection of items so whether you're looki...
09/05/2019

There's a real buzz in our shop this May as we celebrate Bees! We have a wide selection of items so whether you're looking for a gift for someone else or a little treat for yourself, there is something for everyone! We look forward to seeing you soon.

We have a new exhibition in the Michael Burton Gallery; Museum Herbarium. Find out about the Museum’s herbarium, the p...
09/05/2019

We have a new exhibition in the Michael Burton Gallery; Museum Herbarium. Find out about the Museum’s herbarium, the plants from the different historic gardens and the importance of recording this information.

Find our historic gardens at Bayleaf farmhouse, Poplar cottage, the Toll house, Whittaker’s cottages, Tindalls cottage, house from Walderton, and Pendean farmhouse. Learn more about our gardens in our video https://vimeo.com/100885008

The exhibition is on from the 9th May till Sunday 23rd June. Take a look whilst attending our Historic Life Weekend on the 11th-12th of May http://ow.ly/pI4x50u1Ji5

Our third Historic Life Weekend takes place on Saturday 11th May to Sunday 12th May from 10.30am-5.30pm.Join us to learn...
08/05/2019

Our third Historic Life Weekend takes place on Saturday 11th May to Sunday 12th May from 10.30am-5.30pm.

Join us to learn about how books were made and see demonstrations in bookbinding, calligraphy, fore-edge painting, quill making and more.

There will be a chance to chat to experts, see displays as well as explore the Museum. These are ideal for people specifically interested in the subject areas, as well as those generally interested and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.

A full programme for the weekend can be found here http://ow.ly/R88r50u1BgF

Over May and June we have a series of evening talks for you to enjoy, even better when you buy 5 tickets get one free! T...
07/05/2019

Over May and June we have a series of evening talks for you to enjoy, even better when you buy 5 tickets get one free!

Tonight join Isabella Tree an award-winning author, travel writer and owner of the Knepp Wildland Project, together with her husband, the conservationist Charlie Burrell.

This talk will tell the amazing story of a daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex where Isabella lives with her husband. After decades of intensive farming, their 3,500 acres are now home to critically endangered nightingales, turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies, as well as burgeoning populations of other species.

Tickets include tea, coffee and cake, buy yours here http://ow.ly/uLTA50u1ztV

We are very much looking forward to hearing The Courtiers play at our Spring Show later today.Rural communities were the...
06/05/2019

We are very much looking forward to hearing The Courtiers play at our Spring Show later today.

Rural communities were the masters of up-cycling and sustainable living well before it ever became fashionable. Making the most of what you had and living in harmony with the natural environment were simply a given. In modern times we’ve lost this ability, but a ground swell of popular opinion and action has seen the idea of living a more eco-friendly life become a zeitgeist moment.

The Good Life is joining this movement and show visitors how to bring a new lease of life to themselves and their possessions!

Join us today!

https://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/springshow/

Folky fun at The Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex - looking forward to playing again tomorrow 3pm :) Thanks to Paul, Ollie and Jen at The FB Pocket Orchestra for wonders on sound and stage!

Day two of our family friendly event “The Goodlife” is underway! We had so much fun yesterday, today will be just as...
06/05/2019

Day two of our family friendly event “The Goodlife” is underway! We had so much fun yesterday, today will be just as entertaining with lots to see and do for all ages.

Make sure to check out talented artist In Stitch You Harriet Riddell, who has been amazing visitors with her sewing skills!

If you need some inspiration for weekday dinners pop into one of the kitchen theatre demonstrations today run by local chefs with a focus on high welfare and ethical produce.

Knit and Natter are all set up with a vintage tea tent with have-a-go knitting for all budding knitters, we have wellbeing tipis and taster classes in everything from mindfulness to tai chi.

Children can have a go at the craft activities, forest art and learn circus skills with Juggling Jake Circus!
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Thank you so much Gillian Keegan for joining us at our Spring Show today, we hope you enjoyed your yoga session with the...
05/05/2019

Thank you so much Gillian Keegan for joining us at our Spring Show today, we hope you enjoyed your yoga session with the wonderful Nina from The Yoga Garden.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming more visitors to our museum for The Good Life tomorrow!

Whatever the weather come and be inspired - activities and demonstrations are undercover!

Not all of our sellers are able to take card payments, it's a good idea to bring cash with you.

See you soon!

Join us today for our Spring Show, The Good Life: Revive, Recycle and Restore.  Head to the Wellbeing Tipi, try taster c...
05/05/2019

Join us today for our Spring Show, The Good Life: Revive, Recycle and Restore. Head to the Wellbeing Tipi, try taster classes of yoga, Tai Chi and mindfulness for both adults and kids!

We have Kitchen theatre Demonstrations, by local Chefs with a focus on high welfare, ethical produce plus a Talks programme with speakers across a range of eco-living topics.
Little ones will love the Kids Craft Tent, mini beast walks, forest art, face painting and Juggling Jake circus skills.

Our waterside café will be open, plus there are food and drink stalls in the event’s Food Village. There are also lots of picnic areas too!
Dogs on leads are welcome but please keep them on a short lead at all times.

Please note that there is no cash machine on site – although some stallholders take card payments you will need to bring your spending money with you.
If you have any questions please contact the Museum on 01243 811363 or click here http://ow.ly/3S4g30ot1pP

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04/05/2019

We are looking forward to welcoming you tomorrow, and on Monday, at our Spring Show.

Whatever the weather come and be inspired - activities and demonstrations are undercover!

Not all of our sellers are able to take card payments, it's a good idea to bring cash with you.

See you soon!

Are you creative? Do you love to Upcycle? At our “The Good Life Event” meet fellow crafters in the textile and Upcyc...
04/05/2019

Are you creative? Do you love to Upcycle? At our “The Good Life Event” meet fellow crafters in the textile and Upcycle tent including The Salvage Sister, In Stitch You The Paint Pot and Sarah-Louise designs. Perhaps you have a broken item in need of repair, well bring it along to our Repair Café so that Transition Town Worthing and Chichester Repair Cafe can give it a new lease of life.

For more information and to buy your tickets click here http://ow.ly/1fGB50tTHcx

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1979 (40 years ago) saw the re-erection of Court Barn at the Weald and Downland. The barn is similar in form to the barn...
04/05/2019

1979 (40 years ago) saw the re-erection of Court Barn at the Weald and Downland. The barn is similar in form to the barn from Hambrook, but is probably somewhat earlier in date and has a slightly different form of roof construction. The building has been reconstructed in its original form, with oak weatherboards and reed thatch.

It was also the first time sheep and working horses arrived on site. Since its inception in 1970 the Museum has kept a variety of livestock as part of its mission to interpret the historic working landscape and farming practices of the Weald and Downland regions of south east England.

You will find a small selection of traditional farm animals grazing in paddocks around different parts of the Museum site and carrying out traditional seasonal farming activities.

To learn more about our amazing history click here http://ow.ly/HXd830ot2B2 or ask any of our friendly volunteers on your next visit

The countdown is on till our much anticipated green living event “The Good Life”. Rejuvenate your soul with good foo...
03/05/2019

The countdown is on till our much anticipated green living event “The Good Life”. Rejuvenate your soul with good food, inspiring talks including one by Coastal West Sussex Mind and join us for yoga with the brilliant Nina from The Yoga Garden. Juggling Jake and Face Fanatics will be setting up in the Kids area to keep the little ones entertained throughout the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information and to buy your tickets click here http://ow.ly/L8da50tTDPo

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What are your plans for today?Perhaps you would like to make the most of this glorious weather and explore our 40 acre s...
03/05/2019

What are your plans for today?

Perhaps you would like to make the most of this glorious weather and explore our 40 acre site. Go at your own pace and meander around the paths, brushing against the herbs and flowers in the cottage gardens and meadows.

Step back in time through the doorway of one of the many historic buildings and delve into the rich history. Most importantly take the time to find a quiet spot and listen to the nature all around you. Spring is a wonderful time to visit…so what are you waiting for?

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Click here to read more and plan your visit http://ow.ly/l5PJ50oJNqc

Address

Town Lane, Singleton
Chichester
PO18 0EU

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 10:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 10:30 - 17:30
Thursday 10:30 - 17:30
Friday 10:30 - 17:30
Saturday 10:30 - 17:30
Sunday 10:30 - 17:30

Telephone

01243811363

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