Avoncroft Museum is home to over 30 different buildings and structures from the West Midlands which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire. It is spread over 19 acres and includes a wildflower meadow, period gardens, a traditional cider and perry orchard as well as the collection of historic buildings.
In 1967 Avoncroft Museum was opened to the public following the rescue and reconstruction of a medieval Town House from Bromsgrove, and soon became England’s first open-air museum. Over five decades, Avoncroft Museum has continued to rescue structures and the Museum now displays and cares for historic buildings that range in date from Worcester Cathedral’s fourteenth century Guesten Hall roof to a post second world war prefab from Birmingham – covering over 700 years of Midlands history.
The Museum cares for a collection of several thousand objects that reflect the life and work that went on within the buildings and structures. The majority of objects belong to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging from small domestic items to wagons and agricultural equipment. Among the special collections is the National Collection of Telephone Kiosks.
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