“Avoncroft Calling”: celebrating the National Telephone Kiosk Collection

Iona Burchell phone boxes

The iconic red “K6” telephone kiosk is 80 years old this year.  To mark the occasion, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire is holding “Avoncroft Calling”, a special event on Sunday 12th April.  There will be lots of hands on activities, demonstrations and a few surprises as the Museum celebrates the UK’s telephone heritage.

Avoncroft Museum is well-known for rescuing and restoring endangered buildings, but not everyone knows that the Museum is also home to the UK’s National Telephone Kiosk Collection, which includes 32 telephone boxes dating from the 1920s to the 1990s.

On Sunday 12th April, visitors are encouraged to visit the Museum to find out more about the collection and join in a day of activities and demonstrations with a telephone theme.

With the popularity of mobile phones, many people haven’t set foot in a telephone kiosk for years and some people under the age of 30 have never used a phone with a dial at all.  But at Avoncroft visitors are welcome to explore the collection of working telephone kiosks and exchanges dating from the 1920s to the 1990s.  Make calls between the phone boxes and find out whether blue police boxes really are bigger on the inside than the outside.

For those keen to find out more, there are lots of hands on activities, including making your own telephone and learning how to crack codes.  Visitors can also browse Telecoms Heritage Group stalls and exhibits in the New Guesten Hall.  And does anyone remember Buzby?  He’ll be paying us a visit too.

Please see our website: www.avoncroft.org.uk or call 01527 831363 for more details.

 

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

Stoke Heath

Bromsgrove

Worcestershire

B60 4JR

 

Tel: 01527 831363

www.avoncroft.org.uk

 

 

 

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