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.
Within the museum is Skippings Barn, home
to the Hawk and Owl Trust.
CIN Page Ref: chiltern_open
Date Updated: 07/2008
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