Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove

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Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is an open-air museum of rescued buildings which have been relocated to its site in Stoke Heath, a district of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. Founded in 1963 and opened in 1967, the museum was conceived following the dismantling of a 15th-century timber-framed house in Bromsgrove in 1962 to provide a location for its reconstruction. It became England's first open-air museum and, after the St Fagans National Museum of History in Wales, the second in the United Kingdom. This building is known as the medieval 'Town House' today, though it has been known by other names in the past, including the 'Bromsgrove House' and the 'Merchant's House'. It now houses a collection of domestic, industrial, agricultural and other forms of historic building, the majority dismantled and re-erected.

The museum's collection comprises more than 30 buildings and structures which have been relocated from their original sites under threat of demolition, being rebuilt and restored at the museum. This includes a fully functioning windmill and a post WW2 prefab house as used in many towns and cities after the Second World War to provide quick affordable replacements for houses destroyed by bombing. The Arcon V prefabricated house was originally constructed on Moat Lane in Yardley, Birmingham and was transported to the museum in 1981.
Weddings and receptions are frequently held in The New Guesten Hall, a building at the museum which was built to incorporate the preserved timber roof of Guesten Hall, originally built next to Worcester Cathedral for entertaining the Prior's guests. The New Guesten Hall is also used by outside parties for concerts, conferences, exhibitions and meetings. The museum's Victorian church, originally built in 1891 at Bringsty Common, Herefordshire, was opened and re-dedicated in 1996 and services are held there during the museum's open season. The church is also licensed for wedding blessings.

The other exhibits, which span over 700 years of history, include a perry mill from Redditch, a toll house from Little Malvern, a fibreglass spire from Smethwick, an earth closet, a cruck-frame barn and a counting house.
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  • Visited Avoncroft during the living history weekend. As well as the buildings to see there were re-enactors of all periods camped out and it made for a lovely afternoon. It’s a relaxed and peaceful... 
    Visited Avoncroft during the living history weekend. As well as the buildings to see there were re-enactors of all periods camped out and it made for a lovely afternoon. It’s a relaxed and peaceful...  more »
  • Brilliant outdoor museum near Bromsgrove. Well worth a visit.You can wander as much as you like around the outside and sometimes the inside of all the buildings. They were rescued from where they... 
    Brilliant outdoor museum near Bromsgrove. Well worth a visit.You can wander as much as you like around the outside and sometimes the inside of all the buildings. They were rescued from where they...  more »
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  • What a super setting for my son and his wife this weekend. We all had a fabulous time. The wedding guests thoroughly enjoyed their walk down memory lane, too. Everyone enjoyed the journey on the model railway 🚂🚂 toot...toot. Thanks to everyone for making our day go well. 💖Xx
  • A fascinating place to spend a half-day. There are a good number of rescued and reconstructed buildings drawn from around the midlands when they became “at risk”. The site is reasonably compact and easy to walk around but without feeling overcrowded. Several of the buildings are furnished or fitted out with artefacts of an appropriate age to give a sense of their working life. All exhibits have an information panel describing the buildings structure, its use and where possible a history of their past occupants. Volunteers were also to hand by some of the buildings to offer further information. The whole thing is set in a fairly level landscaped estate with decent paths in the main although one or two areas of older heritage paving were uneven. As well as the larger buildings the trust is also home to the national telephone kiosk collection. There is a good sized car park and there are toilet facilities and a tea room available for visitors. Admission charge at the time of my visit was comparable to that charged by English Heritage or the National Trust for their medium sized sites.

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