Michelham Priory played host to around 120 invited guests including Councillor Chris Dowling, Chairman of East Sussex County Council to celebrate the opening of their newest attraction, an interactive medieval gallery housed in the 14th century gatehouse.
The hands-on activities within the gatehouse illustrate various aspects of medieval life, helping to tell the story of the Priory which was built in 1229 and remained as a religious house until the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII.
This latest contribution to the museum is part of an on-going process of improvements to the Priory, and was developed jointly with the East Sussex Archaeology and
Museums Partnership and with funding from the Friends of Michelham Priory and
support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The gallery was opened by Richard Akhurst, Chairman of the Trustees of the Sussex Archaeological Society, and Tom Cunliffe, Chairman of the Friends of Michelham Priory.
The public will be able to see the gallery for the first time this week at the Ancient Crafts Festival, being held on the 5th and 6th of May. “This new gallery will be a great addition to our Ancient Crafts Festival and to the museum as a whole, giving visitors the opportunity to get hands-on while learning about some of the techniques and skills used in building and crafts from medieval times. The fact this it is housed within a building dating from the period and all the furniture has been made using medieval processes, just adds to the authenticity and helps to tell the story of Michelham Priory.” Jo Grocott, Marketing Officer