40 YEARS of Chiltern Open Air Museum
Staff and volunteers praised as museum celebrates 40 years of success
Antiques Roadshow’s Eric Knowles brings added value to museum’s celebrations
The party was to honour the hard work of all the past and present volunteers and staff who had played a role in developing, growing and running the museum, and highlight the importance of raising funds to ensure the museum can continue to conserve Chilterns history for the future.
Milly Soames, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, and Lady Elizabeth Howe, Patron of the Museum’s 40th Anniversary Appeal, gave commemorative speeches praising the achievements of the museum and those involved, and a toast was raised by the Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey–Fletcher.
Speakers were announced in traditional style by Beaconsfield Town Crier Dick Smith.
Museum Director Sue Shave said: “This was truly a night to remember for all who attended this celebration.
“The High Sheriff, the Lord Lieutenant and Lady Howe were all unanimous in their praise for the many achievements of Chiltern Open Air Museum over the last 40 years and their admiration for the many volunteers who have founded and helped to develop our unique museum.
“Many of our local councillors attended the evening and we are most grateful to them for their invaluable and continuous support over the years.”
Chiltern Open Air Museum’s 40th Anniversary celebrations continued with celebrity visits by Patrons and TV personalities Eric Knowles and Tom Keane, who were at the Museum valuing hidden treasures brought in by visitors, with all valuation costs donated to the museum.
Patron Sir William MacAlpine and Lady Judy MacAlpine also visited with friends Sir Peregrine Worsthorne and Lady Lucinda Lambton, a writer and presenter of many films for the BBC and ITV, who has filmed a series about historic toilets at the museum in the past and who is keen to work with and support the museum in the future.
Above Eric Knowles with museum director Sue Shave and below with Lord and Lady MacAlpine, Tom Keane, Lady Lucinda Lambton and Sir Peregrine Worsthorne. Inset, guests with Beaconsfield Town Crier Dick Smith