Bletchley Park

Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore some of the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the war by two years. Public interest in Bletchley Park has grown enormously over the past few years and the number of visitors to Bletchley Park in 2014 was 195,000.

Bletchley Park is run by the Bletchley Park Trust, a charity formed in 1992 to preserve the site for the nation. Today, the Trust is working towards transforming Bletchley Park into the world-class heritage and education site it deserves to be. Work has been completed to create a new Visitor Centre within Block C where Hollerith punch-card machines carried out rapid analysis of encrypted message systems to assist the Codebreakers. In parallel the iconic Codebreaking Huts 3 and 6 have been restored and opened up for visitors and the landscape has been returned to its 1940’s appearance. Breathtaking new exhibitions have been developed to significantly enhance the visitor experience at Bletchley Park.

The Bletchley Park Trust was awarded Business of the Year 2014 at the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards.

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Address

Bletchley Park
Sherwood Drive
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK3 6EB
(Sat-Nav: Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, MK3 6DS)

Website: http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk
Events webpage: https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bletchleypark
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bletchley-Park-Trust-87373277817

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Belford and District Hidden History Museum

Welcome to Belford and District Hidden History (BDHH), an evolving exhibition which seeks to throw light on the past of Belford and its surrounding area, and on the lives of the men, women and children who lived here.

From 2008, Fiona Renner Thompson mounted a series of summer displays in empty buildings in the High Street. In 2012, the village Community Group succeeded in obtaining grants under the Heritage Lottery Fund’s SOS Villages scheme and from Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Trustees of Belford Reading Room granted the Group a five year lease of part of this historic building.

The Reading Room was originally provided by the Rev. John Dixon Clark, the then squire, in 1854. His aim was to improve community feeling by bringing landlord, farmer and tradesman into social contact by providing them with access to a plentiful supply of newspapers. To these facilities was added a popular Billiards Room.

During the First World War, it was a well used meeting place for the soldiers billeted in the village. and by the end of the War, needed refurbishment.

When, in 1923, the Belford Hall Estate was auctioned off, the building was sold privately to the Reading Room Committee. Gerard Leather, the owner of Middleton Hall, was particularly keen to improve the facilities for the ex-soldiers, in memory of his three brothers who were killed in the war.

With his encouragement and fund raising, the British Legion redecorated the rooms and repaired the billiard table in 1925. Then, in 1934, when the old A1 through Belford was widened, the old building was demolished to be replaced by the one you see today.

Belford and District Hidden History (BDHH) is registered with the Community Archives and Heritage Group.

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Address
Belford & District Hidden History Museum
The Reading Room
Market Place
Belford
Northumberland
NE70 7NE

Website: http://www.belfordhiddenhistory.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BDHHM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belfordmuseum

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Beamish Museum

Be amazed, be inspired
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.

The 1900s town
Step into life in a North East town in the years leading up to the First World War.

The 1940s farm
Discover the story of life on the Home Front during the Second World War.

Beamish fairground
Enjoy a ride on the Steam Gallopers, have a go on the shuggy boats and test your aim at the coconut shy!

1820s Pockerley
Explore Pockerley Old Hall, take a ride on the Waggonway and stroll through the Georgian Landscape.

Travel underground
Take a trip down our drift mine and experience the life of a miner.

1900s pit village
Experience life in The Pit Village, showing a colliery community at the time of peak coal production in the North.

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Address
Beamish Museum
Beamish
County Durham
DH9 0RG

Website: http://www.beamish.org.uk
Events webpage: http://www.beamish.org.uk/whats-on
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Beamish_Museum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeamishLivingMuseum

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Old House Museum

Five hundred years of history

* Explore, magical Tudor beamed rooms with wattle/daub partitions and great open fireplaces
* Discover a rare Tudor toilet and a Victorian privy
* Experience life in a Victorian mill workers dwelling
* View historical toys as featured on BBC 2 Restoration Roadshow
* Experience the fun, award winning Rat Trail – ratty facts and competition
* Textile display 2015 – “Pure, Clean, Cotton” – How cotton improved peoples health by wearing it!
* Tudor dressing up box, dolls house to play with and courtyard games plus artists in residence throughout the year. See our events page.

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Address
Old House Museum
Cunningham Place
Off North Church Street
Bakewell
Derbyshire
DE45 1DD

Website: http://www.oldhousemuseum.org.uk
Events webpage: http://www.oldhousemuseum.org.uk/Events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OldHouseMuseum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BakewellOldHouse

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Anson Engine Museum

This unusual and fascinating museum used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire’s many attractions. Over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognised as one of the Country’s leading specialist museums.

Situated just south of Manchester on the site of the old Anson Colliery, it is the result of Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor’s years of hard work collecting and restoring engines.

The museum is a registered charity and does not receive government or public funding towards its running costs. To date most of the work has been carried out and funded by the volunteers and Friends of the museum. It was described by one of its visitors as ‘run on a shoestring and fuelled by enthusiasm’.

Despite this the award winning museum has flourished and now houses a unique collection of over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. Ranging from early Crossley gas engines through to more modern diesels. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum.

The Les & Ena Cawley Memorial Building is home to a fantastic display showing the development of the internal combustion engine. The museum has secured many early examples from other major museums eg Science Museums of London, Edinburgh, Birmingham & Bristol. The collection tells the story of the engine from the cannon to the sophisticated, electronically controlled engine of the future.

The museum also has a steam section with two Robey engines; an A frame and a beam engine. Pride of place goes to the Stott engine that used to drive a cotton wadding mill in Hazel Grove. It was rescued by the museum and has been lovingly restored to working condition by the volunteers. It ran in 2011 for the first time in over 50 years.

The museum opens to the public one weekend a month from Easter until end of October. Engines run every day the museum is open and every month engines in the steam section can be found “in steam” also down at the Craft Centre demonstrations are given by blacksmiths, bodgers and wood turners.

The museum also boasts a local history section where a giant scale model of Poynton (c1900) has been built by the volunteers. In Spring 2012 over 5,000 hours of work had gone in to perfecting the model. The area also has display of photographs, maps, mementoes and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery.

Repeatedly the museum volunteers are told by visitors they had no idea it was so big or there was so much to see. We recommend you plan your visit for a minimum of two hours. Some visitors bring a picnic and make it a full day out. There is so much to see.

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Address
Anson Engine Museum
Anson Road
Poynton
Cheshire
SK12 1TD

Website: http://www.enginemuseum.org
Events webpage: http://www.enginemuseum.org/events.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/enginemuseum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anson-Engine-Museum-92461372208

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Abingdon County Hall Museum

Abingdon County Hall Museum’s aim is to present the history of Abingdon and the surrounding locality in the most informative, exciting and accessible way possible. We will continue to develop the museum in line with visitor comments and town activities with the intention to create exhibitions combining importance to the locality, people, educational significance and interest for as broad an audience as possible.

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Address
Abingdon County Hall Museum
Market Place
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 3HG

Website: http://www.abingdon.gov.uk/partners/abingdon-county-hall-museum
Events webpage: http://www.abingdon.gov.uk/museum/whats
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbingdonMuseum

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Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A

As the world’s leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people’s lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

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Address
V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London
W7 2RL

Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk
Events webpage: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/V_and_A
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriaandalbertmuseum

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