Come along this February half term to explore the 36 acre Amberley Museum, where you’re invited to follow the family trail! Located 10 minutes from Arundel in the heart of the South Downs National Park, you can discover the South’s working past. Learn about over 150 years of our culture and heritage, and have fun riding around the Museum on the historic buses and narrow gauge railway; Open from Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 February from 10am until 4.30pm.
Exhibits include the historic lime kilns, which are Scheduled Ancient Monuments, and original buildings from the days the site was a working chalk quarry. In the BT Connected Earth display children can have fun learning about the history of communications, and have a go on the old telephone switchboards. The Electricity hall has a working model of a Tesla Coil, where demonstrations can be held by volunteers when available. With over 40 exhibits to explore, there is so much to see in any weather.
The museum displays the only traditional working print shop in the South of England, where you can have a go at printing your own souvenir certificate to take home. Certificates can be personalised with your name, and, with the help of print shop volunteers, “if we don’t have your name already, they will make it for you.” Also, on Wednesday 20, you can have a go at wood turning in the wood turners’ workshop: “Children will be supervised by our skilled volunteers to have a go at turning out small wooden ornaments. Where most activities are included in our admission price, there may be some small fees for some special activities, and donations are always welcome!”
Resident potters are on site, where you can purchase handmade pottery, and they can also make personalised mugs to order.
The museum café serves hot and cold snacks, and locally sourced cakes and beverages. And new for the 2019 season is The Village Green Store, which has been created to be in keeping with a 1950’s village shop, selling small gifts, toys and sweets.
*Open during February half term (20 to 24 February) only. Main open season from Wednesday 6 March until Sunday 3 November, from Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.
With so much to discover, learn and have fun, you will want to come back! Visit www.amberleymuseum.co.uk now, to plan your visit.