Visit to Chiltern Open Air Museum

On an overcast Sunday, a group of AIM members met up the Mulberry Bush Public House for lunch and drink before departing for the museum.

After taking a scenic short cut, we all arrived at the museum as the sun started to peep through the clouds.

Spaced out along a pleasant walk are various buildings which have been moved to, and then reconstructed, within the museum’s lands. These include a turnpike toll booth (from High Wycombe), a dairy, a corrugated chapel, 19th century cottages, farm buildings, a selection of barns, a forge and an Iron Age roundhouse (not original).

After seeing most of the buildings, we visited the café and then sought out the Iron Age roundhouse. We then strolled back the way we had come.

Apart from the many unusual buildings dotted around this large open site, one large field was devoted to a Craft Fair. The main attraction here was the ‘birds of prey’ open tent, which had various hawks and owls tethered to their stands. However, an eagle owl had slipped its tethering and decided to perch itself on top of one of the museum’s barns; where it stayed until it flew off to a nearby tree. This very large bird had not been reunited with its owner when we left.

The day was now warm and sunny and our visit to this interesting record of historic buildings proved well worthwhile.

Chilterns Open Air Museum
Chiltern Open Air Museum

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