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2017

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2017 News


MARCH

March 1st : Summer Opening

Summer Opening

The Museum has enjoyed a Winter Rest with reduced opening time, but now things are back to normal.

We hope to welcome YOU to one of our Events for this year and to see you regularly throughout 2017. Remember that annual passes are available at very competitive prices, should you wish to visit more than once.


APRIL

April 6th : Activity Thursday

Activity Thursday

The first Activity Thursday of 2017.

What an amazingly good day! The sun shone brightly and the sky was blue all day.

Normally the first Activity Thursday of the year is not so well attended, since only one of the local schools has begun the Easter Holiday - but this time we were amazed by the quantity of children and their parents who came along to join in with all the many events put on specially for them!
All the normal attractions were there, and although Daisy the Cow didn't have her 'voice' this time, everything was very popular.

The next Activity Thursday is just a week away, on 13th April. Come along and enjoy it!


April 9th : Vintage Tractor Road Run

Tractor Road Run

The Spring Vintage Tractor Road Run was held today (9th April) by the CSVAC (Central Southern Vintage Agricultural Club) on a beautifully sunny day.

Vistors to the Museum saw the impressive collection of vintage tractors and could chat to the owners.
The roads around the area were filled with the sight and sound of many tractors travelling around their set route, before they returned to the museum to finish the journey.

Of course, all the normal museum attractions were open and visitors could enjoy these too!


April 13th : Activity Thursday

Activity Thursday

This is the second of the two Activity Thursdays for children that Ian arranged for the Easter holiday. We were fortunate that the day turned out to be warm and sunny - this no doubt contributed to the record turn out of children and their guardians arriving to enjoy the day.
When we first started Activity Thursdays back in 2013 we had 47 attend our Easter events - this year we saw 127 and hope that this total will continue to rise as ever more children come to enjoy the day.

All our most popular activities including: build and fire a rocket, pole lathe turning, plaster casting, Victorian school class, Victorian wash day and more were available, together with some new activities. One of our volunteers had made a woven wood partition for the children to experiment with the ancient craft of wattle and daub walling. The clay was suitably messy but fortunately without the usual cow dung added to the mix!

Children were introduced to ways of decorating eggs, very appropriate for Easter. One method was to bind flowers to the egg shell and then hard boil them in a solution of onion skins to produce beautiful patterns on the shell; this was very popular on the day.

At the end of the day many parents had difficulty persuading their children to leave the play ground to go home for tea! It was encouraging to hear so many parents and children say how much they had enjoyed the day - for many it was their first visit and they said they will return.
Our next Activity Thursday is during the Spring half term, on 1st June. Come along and join in!


MAY

May 6th & 7th: Village at War

Village at War

Once again the museum has been turned into a battlefield 'somewhere in England' during the Second World War.
Everything that can be done is done. Winston Churchill is there to ensure that his troops do all the right things, but fortunately they are perfectly disciplined and know exactly what to do.

The Police Station is manned and the policemen and ARP Wardens are looking after the wellbeing of the public, ensuring that everyone is aware of air raids. When enemy planes arrive, the air-raid sirens are sounded and everyone directed to shelters where they will be safe, as the bombs drop and anti-aircraft guns are fired.
Even the visitors to the museum have to shelter during air raids, but there are plenty of shelters available, which double as viewing space and tea-rooms at the rest of the time.

While the troops are marching to defend the countryside, some buildings are used by NAAFI staff to ensure that no-one lacks the essential foodstuffs and cups of tea, while the Village Hall is set up as a Plotting Centre, staffed by enthusiasts under the watchful eye of their superiors, tracking the movements of friend and foe.

As the days of war draw to a close, the re-enactors remove their temporary changes to the buildings, close down their tents and temporary exhibits, pack up their guns and tin mugs, put away the mortars and bombs, tidy away the mobile exhibits they have brought and return to life as we know it today.
After over 70 years, we are helped by the re-enactors to look back at the events of WW2 and recall for ourselves the terrible conditions in which our soldiers served us. Few amongst us were old enough to remember first-hand the hardships and deprivations, loss of loved ones and destruction and fear of the last War - many of the Rustics were children during WW2 and will recall some of the horrors of war and the relief that followed the announcement that, at long last, hostilities have ended.



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