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The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Thursday 02 May 2019

Our Spring visit is to The Weald & Downland Living Museum near Chichester.

The buildings located at the museum were all threatened with destruction and, as it was not possible to find a way to preserve them at their original sites, were carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt in their historical form at the museum. The 40-acre site has more than 50 historic buildings, from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church

The collection of buildings represents almost a thousand years of rural life in south-east England: furnished just as they would have been in the past – complete with roaring fires – the homes, farms and public buildings. Along with the buildings, there are "hands-on" activities, like cooking, and weaving. There are demonstrations, including milling in the 17th century watermill, cooking in the Tudor kitchen, blacksmithing in the Victorian smithy.

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