The museum is currently closed for winter. We will re-open for our 2024 season on Saturday 9th March.
“I hold that the best purpose of a garden is to give delight and to give refreshment of mind, to soothe, to refine, and to lift up the heart in a spirit of praise and thankfulness.” Gertrude Jekyll The formal garden of Astleham Manor Cottage was inspired by the designs of Gertrude Jekyll, who wasRead More
The Romans brought apples to the UK and they have been growing here ever since. You can see their importance in ancient traditions, like wassailing. What is wassailing? Wassailing is an Anglo-Saxon tradition. On January 5th, the Twelfth Night, people would gather to take part. The landowner greeted the guests with the toast waes hael,Read More
Christmas in the Victorian era started to become a time for family celebrations rather than the large gatherings enjoyed during the Georgian era. The giving of gifts now took place later in the festive season, on Christmas Eve, rather than St Nicholas Day on Dec 6th. In 1871 Boxing Day became a national holiday (inRead More
How people celebrated Christmas in the 1940s. For the first few Christmases of the 1940s, families were divided by war. Even for those left at home, Christmas may have been spent in air raid shelters, rather than in their own homes. The Christmas break was cut short for those vital to the war effort, withRead More