Anglo-Saxon style house unveiled at Chichester museum

The Anglo-Saxon style hall house at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
The Anglo-Saxon style hall house at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

An Anglo-Saxon style house will be officially opened to the public at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum next week.

The reconstruction of the hall house from 950AD will form an exhibition on Anglo-Saxon life on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October.

A programme of talks, demonstrations and readings are planned for the two-day event.

The hall house will see the museum’s collection of exhibits broaden by 300 years, encompassing homes, workplaces and public buildings from rural South East England between 950 to 1908.

Research for the reconstruction project was carried out by a team from the museum, with input from external experts. Archaeological evidence came from a site in Steyning, excavated in the 1980s by a team led by Dr Mark Gardiner.

Above ground details were informed by various sources, such as waterlogged sites in the Thames Basin, and individuals including Richard Darrah and Dr Damian Goodburn, both of whom have many years of experience both in examining pre-Norman timberworks and in carrying out experimental practical archaeology.

The museum will be open from 10.30am, with activities beginning at 11am on both Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October.

Regular admission prices apply (free for annual members). Dogs on short leads are welcome and free parking is available.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the museum in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.chichester.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChichesterObserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @Chiobserver

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Chichester Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.