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.
(431)

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).

We have had a cancellation on our course: Wood Finishes. This is an intensive 2 day course suitable for beginners or tho...
14/11/2019

We have had a cancellation on our course: Wood Finishes. This is an intensive 2 day course suitable for beginners or those wanting to improve their skills. During the course you will make up your own high quality finishing products including Wood Stain, French Polish, Polishing Rubber, Polishing Wax, and Wax Rubbing Sticks.

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th November. £230 per person, inclusive of teas, coffees and a light lunch.

If you want to take the last place on this course, you can book online here http://ow.ly/5xYm50xaLtg or call us on 01243 811021.

A core purpose of the Museum is to conserve our collection of historic buildings and bring them to life with live demons...
14/11/2019

A core purpose of the Museum is to conserve our collection of historic buildings and bring them to life with live demonstrations.

At the mercy of mother nature, the conservation needs of our buildings, coupled with finding the resources to bring over 50 of them to life, year-round, is a significant challenge.
Many of our buildings have complex care needs, made as they are from timber frames, thatch, daub, lime plaster, brick and stone. They require regular maintenance and sensitive, skilled repair.

Our interpretation team bring to life significant areas of the Museum aided by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers. Through this team, visitors can experience a Victorian school lesson, how a bakehouse of the 1920s worked, the importance of a village blacksmith to their community and how a Tudor farmstead functioned. But we want to do more.

Help us bring rural history to life.
Support the Campaign.
Be part of something historic. Donate here https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/WDLM50Fund

It is with great sadness that we share with our friends, supporters and Museum community the news of the passing of a go...
13/11/2019

It is with great sadness that we share with our friends, supporters and Museum community the news of the passing of a good friend and the architect of our award-winning Downland Gridshell, Edward ‘Ted’ Cullinan. Who passed away on Monday, 11 November.

“Ted Cullinan’s pioneering approach to architecture chimed completely with the Weald & Downland Living Museum’s ambition to launch a project for an innovative greenwood timber structure to complement its historic building exhibits. At Ted’s London studio, the then Museum Director, Chris Zeuner watched ideas emerge from his pen for the building that was to become one of the UK’s most inspirational of its time, shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2002. Chris and Ted worked together in complete harmony and with great enjoyment: the building offered the opportunity to define public perception of the museum through a ground-breaking modern building. Ted became a great friend of the museum and the museum of him – his contribution to this outstanding project in the South Downs was both revolutionary and sublime” - Diana Zeuner, wife of the late Chris Zeuner.

Our thoughts are with Ted’s family at this time.

In January 2015, the Museum embarked on the dismantling of a late 18th century barn and early 19th century stables at Ma...
13/11/2019

In January 2015, the Museum embarked on the dismantling of a late 18th century barn and early 19th century stables at May Day Farm, Pembury Road, Tonbridge.

The buildings were in the path of a road widening scheme on the Tonbridge-Pembury section of the A21 in Kent. The work was led by Museum Carpenter-in-Residence, Joe Thompson, and the project has been partially funded through Balfour Beatty, the contractors for the road scheme.

After careful dismantling, the timbers were conserved and stored at the Museum, before re-erection in 2018.

Watch this fascinating time-lapse video of the structures being carefully dismantled https://youtu.be/j2DJhEisKPU

We are proud to be awarded the South Downs National Park Design Award 2019 for Highly Commended Non-Residential. Archite...
12/11/2019

We are proud to be awarded the South Downs National Park Design Award 2019 for Highly Commended Non-Residential. Architect: Matthew Richardson, ABIR Architects and Main Contractor: Pilbeam Construction Ltd. To be shortlisted out of 60 entries, we did very well! We need a new Cabinet ;)
Congratulations @abirarchitects
#pilbeamconstruction #abirarchitects #wdlm #southdownsnationalpark @southdownsnp #winner #awardwinning #explore #learn #conserve #architecture

Lest we forget...
11/11/2019

Lest we forget...

Green Father Christmas is selling out fast - spaces only available for Friday, 20 December left! This is a great opportu...
11/11/2019
Buy Tickets for Meet Green Father Christmas

Green Father Christmas is selling out fast - spaces only available for Friday, 20 December left!
This is a great opportunity to step back in history and meet the man in green!
Seated in his chamber, traditionally decorated with seasonal greenery, Green Father Christmas will be selecting presents from a large wooden chest to give to each child that he meets. Don't miss out - book today - https://wealddownland.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/8226?tickets%5B62044_quantity%5D=1&tickets%5B62062_quantity%5D=2

On the dates of  7-8, 14-15 and 20-23 December we are welcoming a very special guest to the Museum – Green Father Christmas (Old Winter).

Sometimes we manage to take a photo that really makes us chuckle! Our animals are part of the Museum team and lead long ...
11/11/2019

Sometimes we manage to take a photo that really makes us chuckle! Our animals are part of the Museum team and lead long and happy lives. We name them, groom them and talk to them and do whatever it takes to ensure they’re healthy, comfortable and content.

Join us this week for glorious walks within our 40 acre site, dogs on short leads are welcome and can enter all of the Museum’s buildings with the exceptions of the watermill, Newdigate bakehouse, Dairy and Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, where food is prepared.

Enjoy waterside dining at the Museum’s stunning café, with fantastic views across the mill pond. Open to both Museum visitors and to the general public, our café is dog-friendly and has free parking.

Our History Gang meet this week, it’s an exciting, creative group for 8-12 year olds at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. We meet for a half-day once a month. Join us today http://ow.ly/yjyn50wZKeE

Enjoy our family-friendly and dog-friendly 40-acre site and visit our collection of historic buildings – we have more th...
10/11/2019

Enjoy our family-friendly and dog-friendly 40-acre site and visit our collection of historic buildings – we have more than 50 to explore from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church.

We hold a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in our 17th century working watermill; cooking in our Tudor kitchen; plus seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods, bring the dog, visit our waterside café (it is dog-friendly) or enjoy your own picnic.

Take a look at our what’s on calendar for upcoming events, shows, demonstrations, theatre productions and more.
Plan your visit here https://www.wealddown.co.uk/

“Fabulous day at the Historic Life event today (1 September), everyone was so knowledgeable and friendly, I loved chatti...
09/11/2019

“Fabulous day at the Historic Life event today (1 September), everyone was so knowledgeable and friendly, I loved chatting to your experts and volunteers, I certainly learnt a lot. Well done, one of my favourite museums – maybe even my favourite now.” Facebook message, September 2019

“Beautiful museum set in wonderful grounds. My 2nd visit this month taking a large group of people…all of whom enjoyed it. Lovely to see trades crafts taking place and speak with the volunteers. Will definitely be back again with more groups.” Trip Advisor, July 2019

We love receiving great reviews on Trip Advisor and through Facebook messages, it is wonderful to hear when visitors have had a great day out! Come and discover rescued rural homes and buildings set in a beautiful landscape in the South Downs National Park. Our collection tells the stories of the people who lived and worked in rural South East England over 1,000 years.

Plan your day here http://ow.ly/CZVm50wZJf2

Lifelong learning has been at the heart of the Museum’s aims since its founding over 40 years ago. We strive to promote ...
08/11/2019

Lifelong learning has been at the heart of the Museum’s aims since its founding over 40 years ago. We strive to promote the preservation of buildings of architectural or historic interest, as well as the ancient crafts, trades and manufactures of the Weald & Downland region.

The courses we offer make use of our historic exhibit buildings and collections of smaller artefacts, our landscape and our regionality, giving course participants access to a unique learning environment.

We run extensive programmes of day-schools and longer courses in Historic Building Conservation and Traditional Rural Trades and Crafts, along with a series of evening talks on a range of lively topics.

For those that are interested in taking their knowledge further and achieving a high level qualification, the Museum also offers two Masters Degree programmes, in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation.

Whether you are looking for a new hobby or to learn a new skill which might change your career, we have something for you. Check out our courses here http://ow.ly/hZe050wZIN5

Standing at the heart of the Museum’s market square, dating from c.1620 is Titchfield Market Hall, iconic and recognisab...
07/11/2019

Standing at the heart of the Museum’s market square, dating from c.1620 is Titchfield Market Hall, iconic and recognisable to many. It is typical of a seventeenth century market hall; an upstairs council chamber, and an open trading arcade at street level, complete with offenders ‘lock up’.

Once common across the UK, market halls were largely demolished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Titchfield Market Hall itself was subject to a demolition order but was saved and brought to the Museum in 1971. Since then, water ingress, time and environmental impacts have taken their toll and now its timber frame is in need of significant conservation.

At nearly 400 years old, achieving the extensive work Titchfield Market Hall needs will be painstaking work. The project will begin with in-depth research to provide information of the Hall’s history and its original structure.

A team of trained crafts professionals will then dismantle the building tile by tile, timber by timber and brick by brick for careful conservation. Upon completion, Titchfield Market Hall will once more take its position at the heart of our market square, resplendent and secure to stand for another 400 years.

Help us restore Titchfield Market Hall and protect it for the next 400 years. Donate here http://ow.ly/deyd50wZIpl

Tindalls Cottage was probably built between 1700 and 1725.  Nearly all of the oak used in the timber frame was re-used f...
06/11/2019

Tindalls Cottage was probably built between 1700 and 1725. Nearly all of the oak used in the timber frame was re-used from other, earlier, buildings. It is of the same general type as Poplar Cottage, with a gable-end chimney and a hipped terminal at the opposite end.

The building was dismantled in 1974 by the Robertsbridge and District Archaeological Society in advance of the construction of the Bewl Bridge Reservoir (now called Bewl Water).

It remained in store until February 2012 when the timbers were removed to the upper floor of the Downland Gridshell so that they could be recorded, interpreted and repaired. The frame was re-erected on its new site over a weekend in September 2012 and opened as an exhibit building in July 2013.

In plan the cottage has two rooms within the main range downstairs. The outer room (the kitchen) contains a fireplace and bread oven and has a brick floor. The inner room (the buttery) is unheated and has an earth floor. There are two service rooms, both with earth floors, located within an outshot at the back of the house. The larger of these (the brewhouse) contains a copper or ‘furnace’. The smaller room was probably used as a ‘milkhouse’ or dairy.

On the first floor there are two rooms, a ‘kitchen chamber’ (with a fireplace) and an unheated ‘buttery chamber’. A narrow staircase leads up to a further, small, unheated room called a ‘garret’ (not open to the public).

Join us for our popular Christmas Market spread over three days on Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November from 10.30am - 4.00pm...
05/11/2019

Join us for our popular Christmas Market spread over three days on Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November from 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 historic buildings and houses, in our award-winning Gridshell building and around other locations on the Museum site. Follow the signs and explore!

As well as craft and trade stands, there will be festive music and tasty seasonal treats to sample and buy.

Prices:

£8 for adults (over 18s)
free children aged 0-17 years
free disabled people (plus a single helper)
Entry is free for Annual Members.

Tickets include admission to both the Museum and to the Christmas Market – stalls are situated in and around our collection of rescued rural buildings. Click here to read more and book your tickets http://ow.ly/vWNR50wVBkn

In our fascinating day school, Lost Desoration of Historic Buildings, we explore the lost decorations of grand buildings...
04/11/2019
Lost decoration of historic buildings | Weald and Downland

In our fascinating day school, Lost Desoration of Historic Buildings, we explore the lost decorations of grand buildings, from sources such as The Painted Chamber at Westminster and Holbein’s mural at Whitehall, as well as the less grand.

We will see how fashions influenced churches, houses and hospitals, with examples from Windsor, Canterbury, Coventry and elsewhere.

Take a closer look and book your place here https://www.wealddown.co.uk/courses/lost-decoration-of-historic-buildings/

10am-4.30pm The course In this day school we will explore the lost decorations of grand buildings, from sources such as The Painted Chamber at Westminster and Holbein’s mural at Whitehall, as well as the less grand. We will see how fashions influenced churches, houses and hospitals, with examples ...

Experience the magic of Christmas at the Weald & Downland Living Museum as a very special guest returns to the museum th...
04/11/2019
Meet Green Father Christmas - 7, 8, 14, 15 & 20-23 December (ticketed) | Weald and Downland

Experience the magic of Christmas at the Weald & Downland Living Museum as a very special guest returns to the museum this December! 🎅

Seated in his chamber, traditionally decorated with seasonal greenery, Green Father Christmas will be selecting presents from a large wooden chest to give to each child that he meets. Every child can spend time with Green Father Christmas before receiving a traditional toy wrapped in brown paper and string! 🎁

Tickets to meet Green Father Christmas are £10 per child and include a traditional toy and Museum admission.

To make sure you and your children don’t miss out on this magical experience visit our website and book today! 👇

https://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/meet-green-father-christmas/

This December we are welcoming a very special guest to the Museum – Green Father Christmas (Old Winter). Saturday 7 December Sunday 8 December Saturday 14 December Sunday 15 December Friday 20 December Saturday 21 December Sunday 22 December Monday 23 December Seated in his chamber, traditionally ...

We had a brilliant weekend celebrating our Historic Life Weekend: Fire and Light, thank you to everyone that visited. Ou...
04/11/2019

We had a brilliant weekend celebrating our Historic Life Weekend: Fire and Light, thank you to everyone that visited. Our aim is to bring history to life for all ages and we hope that the demonstrations, exhibits and talks throughout the day were enjoyed by every visitor.

As the weather gets colder and will Halloween now passed, we beginning to think about Christmas! Here at the Weald and Downland Living Museum we have events in November and December celebrating Christmas through the ages.

Stay up to date with our calendar for the year by heading to our website and clicking on 'Whats On', there you will find a full list of events and exhibitions as well as the chance to book tickets.
Have a great Monday everyone!

Today is the second day of our Historic Life Weekend: Fire and Light, join us and take a step back in time! We have wond...
03/11/2019

Today is the second day of our Historic Life Weekend: Fire and Light, join us and take a step back in time! We have wonderful exhibits set up around the museum and 10-minute talks from 11.30am till 1.30pm on a range of topics such as Fire lighting skills, near the Saxon building, The bread oven and the bakehouse and Lighting and smuggling, in the Toll House.

Whilst exploring the site remember to look at our latest exhibition ‘The Maiden, The Neck and The Mare’ - art, traditions and beliefs associated with corn dollies, with original examples and artists interpretations, in the Michael Burton Gallery.

Spot the animals around the Museum, including heavy horses, oxen, geese, chickens and pigs before visiting the May Day Farm Barn and our Family Activity Hub where you can dress as a Victorian, explore the gypsy caravan and play traditional games.

Plan your day here http://ow.ly/8P1S50wVz0N

Tonight we will open our doors from 6.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided ...
02/11/2019

Tonight 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 will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series of short night-time stories. For November 2019 these focus on the theme of fire and light. Some will be amusing, some mysterious and some downright odd. Each story has a historical root, as truth is far stranger than fiction.

At the end of the evening, participants are invited gather around an open fire for a spiced warm drink of an alcoholic or non-alcoholic variety, plus a biscuit. Guests should arrive at 6.45pm and meet at the Museum shop and ticket office for a prompt 7.00pm start. As there will be several walks taking place at the same time, we must stick to our timetable. Walks will last approximately 2 hours.

Please note that there is limited seating in the Museum’s historic houses and the evening will involve a fair amount of walking on uneven surfaces. Read more here http://ow.ly/dD5b50wVxDA

This weekend is our Historic Life Weekend: Fire and Light and we will be exploring how fire was used for heating, cookin...
02/11/2019

This weekend is our Historic Life Weekend: Fire and Light and we will be exploring how fire was used for heating, cooking and look at the emerging lighting trends in the 18th century.

Find out about how fire and light were used in the Tudor home at Bayleaf farmhouse then head to the Toll House to see how Lighting and smuggling were linked.

Meet the bakers and taste bread (from 1pm) in the Bakehouse from Newdigate and listen to stories about fire, bonfires, the sun and the season, in Pendean farmhouse, (break from 1-2pm).

Discover a range of fire lighting skills at the Saxon building, meet the millers and blacksmiths and enjoy a selection of 10-minute talks throughout the day on fascinating topics such as: New innovations and trends in lighting in the 18 Century at Tindalls Cottage, The bread oven and the bakehouse and Fire and light in the Tudor home.

Plan your day here http://ow.ly/jRhx50wVxbN

Address

Town Lane, Singleton
Chichester
PO18 0EU

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 16:00
Thursday 10:30 - 16:00
Friday 10:30 - 16:00
Saturday 10:30 - 16:00
Sunday 10:30 - 16:00

Telephone

01243811363

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Weald & Downland Living Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Weald & Downland Living Museum:

Videos

Category

Nearby museums


Other History Museums in Chichester

Show All