Archaeology in the park

This year we’re digging up the past in Petworth Park, once home to stables, Henry VIII’s banquet hall, a Second World War military camp and the original manor house. There’s plenty to be discovered, including the ‘lost’ north wing of the house, built in the mid-14th century and demolished in the 1690s. This 2-minute video introduces our big dig.

Restoration of the ‘Tijou’ gates

The Tijou gates in their former glory

The Tijou gates in their former glory

Last year we started a project to conserve and restore these fabulous gates using the skills of local blacksmiths. Now fully restored, come and see them in all their glory.

The costume project

A team of talented volunteers are creating 20 handmade, historically accurate 1820s costumes for our costumed interpreters.

Digitising Chaucer

The detail of the Chaucer Manuscript

Our handwritten copy of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is one of the earliest in existence and you can now view a copy online.

The first 300 pages

The second 300 pages


We’re always busy reading and researching, from looking at historical documents and maps to gathering oral history.

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