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Living History and Open Air
Recreation: Living History
Reference: Museums: History: Europe: United Kingdom
Regional: Europe: United Kingdom: Arts and Entertainment: Museums
Amberley Museum, West Sussex
- Displays industrial history through historic buildings, working exhibits and demonstrations of craft skills. Collections; site tour via an interactive map; visitor information.
Avoncroft: Museum of Historic Buildings
- Includes a brief history, opening times, a diary of special events, details of educational and school trip provision, and information about volunteer work at the museum.
Beamish: The North of England Open Air Museum
- Set over 300 acres of countryside in county Durham, the site vividly recreates life in Northern England in the 1800s and 1900s. Covers the social, agricultural and industrial history of the region.
- The Museum of Early Medieval Northumbria at Jarrow. Looks at the life and times of the great scholar Bede (AD 673-735). Experimental recreation of an Anglo-Saxon farm.
Black Country Living Museum
- Heritage of the heart of industrial England, with recreated buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries brought to life by costumed demonstrators. Tour via interactive map.
Burns National Heritage Park
- The birthplace of Robert Burns in Alloway, Ayrshire, is the heart of this open air museum focusing on the poet's life and the countryside which inspired him. Description, biography, events, kid's zone.
Butser Ancient Farm
- Replica of an Iron Age farm circa 300 BC, with buildings, animals and crops. Both a museum and an open-air laboratory for research into the Iron Age and Roman periods. Photos, information for visitors and schools.
Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort
- This reconstructed Iron Age hillfort still has excavation going on each summer. Iron Age roundhouses and livestock. How to get there, online tour, how to build a roundhouse, education and events.
Chiltern Open Air Museum
- This museum at Chalfont St Giles, Bucks. Rescues and re-erects historic buildings from medieval to modern. Its collection includes a cottage of around 1600, and a variety of 19th-century buildings.
- At Easter and in the Summer archaeologists can be seen excavating this unique site, where waterlogging has preserved evidence of a prehistoric way of life. Iron Age and Bronze Age Roundhouses have been reconstructed. Rare breed animals. Visitor information.
Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall
- Closed as a working mine in 1990, it is now a preserved mining site and museum managed by Pendeen Community Heritage. Includes history and visitor information.
The Golden Hinde
- Replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship, a living history museum currently moored on the river Thames in London. Opening, school tours, groups.
Gower Heritage Centre
- Based around a 12th-century water powered corn mill in the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. Attractions include craft shops, play areas and farm animals. Map and description.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
- At a former workhouse at Gressenhall visitors can see recreations of craftsman's workshops, a bakery, shop and cottage. The farm is stocked with rare East Anglian breeds and worked with horses.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
- Records 400 years of Royal Naval history with 47 scheduled ancient monuments on the 80-acre site. Visitor information, events and facility hire.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums
- The Shropshire site of the birth of the Industrial Revolution has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visitor information and a virtual tour.
- Hampshire's living history museum with collections of industrial and everyday life.
Museum of East Anglian Life
- St Osyth's Priory, Essex, owned the manor of Stowmarket and built the 13th-century barn which forms the centrepiece of this open air museum. Other vernacular buildings have been rescued and moved to the site.
National Showcaves Centre for Wales
- The caves at Dan yr Ogof include a display of Bronze Age life. Other attractions include life-sized dinosaur models in the Dinosaur Park and a reconstructed Iron Age Village.
Ryedale Folk Museum
- Three acres of displays of life in the North York Moors. Guide to the site via sensitive map, illustrated description of highlights of the collection and crafts demonstrated, events listing.
- A recreation of an Anglo-Saxon house built at Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. Includes history, the story of its construction, photographs and visitor information.
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum
- Roman Wallsend, the most completely excavated fort in Britain, lying at the eastern end of Hadrians Wall. The official site includes details of facilities, contact information, opening hours and entrance fee.
St Fagans: National History Museum
- In the 100-acre parkland of St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house, are over 30 buildings moved from various parts of Wales and re-erected to show how the people of Wales lived at various times in history. Visitor information, events, collections.
Ulster American Folk Park
- An outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Located in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
- Set in over 170 acres of rolling countryside, this outdoor museum tells the story of life in early 20th century Ulster. Includes visitor information and guide to what's on.
The Ulster History Park
- General information and schedule.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
- Over 40 historic buildings from south-east England have been rescued from destruction, dismantled and reconstructed on the site at Chichester, Sussex, including a medieval shop, a timber-framed farmhouse, a market hall and a Victorian school.
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