Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings: England’s first open-air museum

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings near Bromsgrove is an award-winning museum that spans 700 years of life in the West Midlands. It was England’s first open-air museum and rescues buildings that are historically important from demolition or destruction and rebuilds them.

The Museum is set in a beautiful rural location over 19 acres and exhibits include a windmill, a Medieval Town House, a fully-furnished 1940s prefab and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection. There are also tributes to the Midlands’ industrial heritage, including a 100 year forge and a 19th century chain-making shop, both still in use today.

On Monday 26th May visitors are urged to come to Avoncroft for a Family Fun Day including a giant picnic (teddy bears are very welcome), a mobile zoo, miniature train rides, archery and games on the Guesten Hall field.  Weather permitting, Avoncroft’s specially trained volunteers will also be using the Museum’s 19th century windmill to test mill flour.

From Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th May there will be half term activities at Avoncroft, including den building, a themed trail and lots of craft activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the much-loved book: “We’re going on a Bear Hunt”.

More details of these and other forthcoming events at Avoncroft Museum can be found at: www.avoncroft.org.uk/whats-on/events-programme

 

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