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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  • Avoncroft is a wonderful museum. Compact but full of interest, and easily accessible from the Birmingham area and beyond. Facilities are well-maintained and in addition to the interesting array of.....  more
    Avoncroft is a wonderful museum. Compact but full of interest, and easily accessible from the Birmingham area and beyond. Facilities are well-maintained and in addition to the interesting array of.....  more »
  • What a brilliant find! We were looking for an outside, dog friendly visitor attraction whilst staying in the area and loved this fascinating collection of buildings and all the history which they... 
    What a brilliant find! We were looking for an outside, dog friendly visitor attraction whilst staying in the area and loved this fascinating collection of buildings and all the history which they...  more »
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. It's a privately owned collection with no public money so it exists by people visiting and on donations. They have rescued many old buildings that would otherwise have been demolished and now have a great collection spanning a good but of local history. Not so many volunteers there on the day we visited, but still a great day out. Nice tea shop too.
  • We paid a flying visit to the museum as we were looking for a venue for en event. What a beautiful place! So peaceful! Lovely old buildings nestled in with spectacular trees. Wonderful plants everywhere, and such a lovely energy. Fantastic panoramic views from the Windmill field. We will certainly be heading back there soon for a proper visit, and hopefully try out the little bedroom too! Friendly staff, highly recommended.

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