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Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks

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Chiltern Open Air Museum is located near Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St. Giles in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire.

The museum was founded in 1976 and aims to rescue and restore common English buildings from the Chilterns, which might otherwise have been destroyed or demolished. The buildings have been relocated to the museum's 45 acre site, which includes woodland and parkland. The collection has more than 30 buildings on view including barns, other traditional farm buildings and houses. The collection includes 16 buildings that are in storage and due for re-erection as and when the museum's funds permit. The museum is run by a small staff with around 200 volunteers.

Current exhibits include  a working nineteenth century farmyard and a village with its green, cottages, forge and chapel. Including  also a reconstruction of an Iron Age house, a Victorian toll house from High Wycombe, a "Tin Chapple" from Henton and a Forge from Garston. A fine pair of cottages from 57 Compton Avenue at Leagrave, near Luton started out as a weather-boarded thatched barn with central double doors in the early 18th century. In the late 18th century the barn was converted into two labourers' cottages. Prefabricated post-war home - Universal House, Mark 3, steel frame clad with corrugated asbestos cement Buildings of interest are a 1940s prefab from Amersham.

They have a variety of special events and hands on opportunities and are shortly to introduce themed holiday activity weeks.

Bluebell wood at Chiltern
Open Air Museum
By Tony and Maureen Kemp

Within the museum is Skippings Barn, home to the Hawk and Owl Trust. Read more

Location: Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire

Grid Reference: TQ010936 Ceremonial County: Buckinghamshire

Map Link: multimap

Aerial photo: multimap

Getting there: from the M25 at Junction 17. Follow the signs to Maple Cross and from there the brown signs to the Museum.
It is also signposted from the A413 at Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter.

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Website: Own      Museum site map   buildings in storage
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Address: Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks
Postcode:HP8 4AB Telephone: 01494 871117

Opening Times: Mar-Oct daily 10am-5pm. See also prices page

See also special events list

Charges: 7.50 adults, 5 children (under 5 free), family 2+2 22

See prices for more options. Special events may be more.

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CIN Page Ref: chiltern_open

Classification: Living History

Date Updated: 07/2008

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