The Weald & Downland Living Museum has verified that only members can have initial access to their reopening on Monday, 22 June. But it will officially open to the general public on Monday, 6 July.
The museum is looking forward to welcoming guests back to admire and enjoy the outdoor, recreational site set in 40 acres within the magnificent South Downs National Park.
The buildings would stay closed while the museum sought more instructions about what could be appropriate.
Part of their reopening plan and guaranteeing that those restrictions on social distancing will be maintained, only pre-booked tickets would be used to enter the museum.
Tickets will go on sale for booking online from Wednesday, June 17th, and need to be reserved in advance until midnight the day before the planned visit. This policy applies to members of the museum as well as to the wider populace.
Museum director Simon Wardell says: “The safety and health of our guests, support workers, and the entire staff are the greatest priority, and therefore the museum has worked extremely hard to ensure that the proper safety measures are being taken and that there is a functioning social distancing plan that complies with the recommended guidelines.
“We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our museum and the surrounding area are safe and secure and able to host our members and guests. The team is planning numerous workshops to create meaningful tourist experiences as well as self-guided walking trails around our expansive 40-acre property and facilities.
While the buildings can not be opened yet, guests will still be able to witness history and tales via sight-and-sound exhibits as the museum personnel adhere to the guidelines set.
There would be an on-site takeaway food service that provides warm and cold drinks. Museum visitors are also urged to carry their food and have a picnic on the beautiful grounds of the museum, in which extra outdoor spaces have been developed.
“We ‘re excited to invite our members and guests back in the coming days. Once again, people will be able to see our horses playing and pigs strolling in the open areas throughout the museum location. ”
The Museum is privileged to have a fantastic and highly skilled team of professionals and volunteer groups who have been very enthusiastic about historical rural trades and handicrafts and bringing them to life for audiences to learn a few things.
People will likely cherish watching what is in season in the 6 historic landmark gardens of the Museum and the effects of this spring’s long dry season. Many will surely enjoy listening to the classic songs that will be played, and watching fashion demos or even grass mowing.
Traditional charcoal burning is a popular seasonal showcase at the Museum annually. Over the upcoming days, visitors will be allowed to see how the wood is set up for burning, how the clamp is constructed and maintained, and lastly, the final product. It’s going to occur in the charcoal camp just above the woodyard.
“Our helpful staff members will be on hand to remind guests and tourists about our array of heritage buildings and also don’t forget to see our operating watermill that will be in action, producing flour that can be bought from the Museum Café as well as from our neighborhood markets, the West Dean Stores and Goodwood Farm Shop.”
More health and safety regulations have since been established, which include new signage, route-finding indicators, queuing mechanisms, safety boards, and contactless payments, as well as enhanced cleaning and proper sanitation.
Simon added: “This is the most difficult period in Weald & Downland Living Museum’s history, however, we are delighted to reopen our exceptional location in the coming days.
“Coronavirus has affected us all, halted this same fast-paced world, and people are already seeking to improve their mental health and overall wellbeing.
The Weald & Downland Living Museum provides a refuge for people wanting to take some time and reunite with the natural environment. The setting aims to build a relaxing experience and allows visitors a glimpse of the past with its array of beautiful historic buildings, offering the most well-needed day off.
“We commend everybody’s support, patience, and understanding as we adjust to our new opening procedures as well as the online reservation system. We look forward to serving and welcoming everyone back soon.”
“Please keep an eye on the Museum’s website and social media pages for more information.”
During this time, the Museum will continue to follow the government’s guidelines and adjust its opening schedule to accommodate any additional conditions, with intentions to reopen its impressive collection of historic buildings once they are authorized to do it.