On the 4th June 2013 a group of Members visited the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, the weather was glorious, one of the first sunny days we had experienced this year.

The museum was opened in 1967 and is a work in progress. The aim is to save threatened buildings and exhibit them in natural surrounding so that visitors may appreciate and understand their construction and the lifestyle of the people.  The buildings are rescued from the south east of England, covering the Weald and Downland of Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire and reflect the geology of the area in the building materials used.  This is a most informative venue, reflecting housing, building styles, crafts, industries and agriculture of the past.

During our visit there were two guided walks if one wished to take part, or visitors were able to wander at leisure and sit in the sun.  The venue has an excellent cafe and outside tables providing a picnic area, set between the market square and the lake.  This is an excellent venue suitable for all age groups, the more energetic taking part in the walks, the less energetic sitting and soaking up the atmosphere.  Definitely a visit for those interested in our history, building construction and the way lifestyles have developed.


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