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Visit to Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Date: 12th June 10
Location: Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Sussex, PO18 0EU
Contact: Mike Sasse
Phone: 01892 531179
Group: Archaeology and Heritage
The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum is a site devoted to the preservation of historic buildings that cannot be conserved in situ. They are painstakingly disassembled and skilfully re-assembled and conserved on this site on the South Downs a few miles from Chichester.
The number of buildings has been growing steadily since the site's inception in 1967 - both farm and domestic vernacular buildings from the south-east are represented. They include barns, granaries and a range of smaller farm outbuildings, a watermill, and a range of complete buildings from toll houses to farmhouses. Many styles are represented, and all the buildings have been rescued from sites in the south-east of England, where redevelopments threatened the buildings on their original site. Demonstrations such as a working forge, windmill, Tudor kitchen and heavy horses add further dimensions to the site.
It is also hoped to be able to see the museum's collection of tools and artefacts, which are housed in a modern purpose-built wooden building (a gridshell constructed of oak laths).
There is enough here for a full day visit; it is anticipated that members will photograph in the morning, take refreshments on the site and join a tour of the artefact collection, and then continue into the afternoon as required.
Admission cost - to be paid individually
£9 adult (£8.15 for those over 60, £2.50 each for registered disabled and one helper)
£4.80 for full-time students