Ex­plore the fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tions and dis­plays avail­able through­out the UK in this se­lec­tion of mu­se­ums that you may not have yet dis­cov­ered

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Michel­ham Pri­ory House & Gar­dens

Wel­come to Eng­land’s long­est me­dieval wa­ter filled moat. Come and ex­plore 800 years of history at Michel­ham Pri­ory: from its foun­da­tion by Au­gus­tinian canons, through the de­struc­tion caused by the dis­so­lu­tion of the monas­ter­ies into its later life as a coun­try house. This 7 acre pic­turesque is­land of­fers a great day out for all the fam­ily. Michel­ham Pri­ory House & Gar­dens, Up­per Dicker, Nr Hailsham, East Sus­sex BN27 3QS. 01323 844224 | sus­s­ex­past.co.uk

Mu­seum of Nor­wich

A thriv­ing mer­chant’s city for cen­turies, Nor­wich got rich pro­duc­ing tex­tiles, choco­late, shoes and mus­tard. Find out how its in­dus­tri­ous cit­i­zens lived, worked and played. Highlights in­clude a 200-year-old Jacquard loom, won­der­ful dis­plays of shoes and a full re-cre­ation of a 1920s chemist shop, with its many po­tions, poi­sons and cures. 01603 493625 | mu­se­ums.nor­folk.gov.uk

South Wales Min­ers Mu­seum

Nes­tled in the pic­turesque Afan For­est Park (north of Port Tal­bot), South Wales Min­ers Mu­seum uses our col­lec­tion to tell the story of when this val­ley was a vi­tal in­dus­trial heart­land. Our vol­un­teer ex-min­ers build au­then­tic dis­plays, en­gag­ing video/au­dio ex­hi­bi­tions and pre­serve unique sto­ries from when Coal was King. 01639 851833 | swmin­ers.com

The Li­brary and Mu­seum of Freema­sonry

Ex­plore 300 years of ma­sonic history at the home of English freema­sonry, lo­cated in the heart of Lon­don. The mu­seum, li­brary and archive present the finest col­lec­tion of ma­sonic ob­jects, re­galia, books and manuscripts from around the world. A new ex­hi­bi­tion Be­jew­elled: Badges, Broth­er­hood and Iden­tity runs un­til 24 Au­gust 2019. Ad­mis­sion is free. freema­sonry.lon­don.mu­seum

Cheshire Mil­i­tary Mu­seum

Ex­plore over 300 years of history at the Cheshire Mil­i­tary Mu­seum. Dis­cover the Great War trench and what life was like on the West­ern Front, sound the re­treat and ven­ture into our WW2 pill box. Open 10am – 5pm (last en­try 4pm), closed Wed­nes­day Novem­ber – Easter. Dis­abled ac­cess. Ad­mis­sion charge ap­plies. 01244 327617 | cheshiremil­i­tary­mu­seum.co.uk

Gallery Old­ham

Gallery Old­ham fea­tures col­lec­tions of art, nat­u­ral history and so­cial history. Run­ning un­til Jan­uary is an ex­hi­bi­tion cu­rated by his­to­ri­ans Alan Fowler and Terry Wyke. ‘Peace and Plenty?’ ex­am­ines the legacy of the First World War in Old­ham and re­vis­its lo­cal lives, losses and achieve­ments us­ing the gallery’s ex­ten­sive col­lec­tions. 0161 770 4653 | gallery­old­ham.org.uk

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