Mu­seum opens for half term

West Sussex Gazette - - SUSSEX HERITAGE -

Am­ber­ley Work­ing Mu­seum will be open this half term, from Wednes­day to Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 20-24, from 10am un­til 4.30pm.

A spokesman said, “Come along this Fe­bru­ary half term to ex­plore our 36 acres site, and fol­low our fam­ily trail to dis­cover the South’s work­ing past.

“Learn about over 150 years of our cul­ture and her­itage, and have fun rid­ing around our Mu­seum on our his­toric buses and nar­row gauge rail­way.

“Our ex­hibits in­clude our his­toric lime kilns which are Sched­uled An­cient Mon­u­ments, and orig­i­nal build­ings from the days our site was a work­ing chalk quarry. In our BT Con­nected Earth dis­play chil­dren can have fun learn­ing about the his­tory of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and have a go on the old tele­phone switch­boards.

“Our Elec­tric­ity hall has a work­ing model of a Tesla Coil, where demon­stra­tions can be held by our vol­un­teers when avail­able. With over 40 ex­hibits to ex­plore, there is so much to see in any weather.

“We have the only tra­di­tional work­ing print shop in the South of Eng­land, you can have a go at print­ing your own sou­venir cer­tifi­cate to take home.

“Cer­tifi­cates can be per­son­alised with your name, and with the help of our print shop vol­un­teers, if we don’t have your name al­ready they will make it for you.

“Also, on Wednes­day, (Fe­bru­ary 20) you can have a go at wood turn­ing in the wood turn­ers’ work­shop.

“Chil­dren will be su­per­vised by our skilled vol­un­teers to have a go at turn­ing out small wooden or­na­ments. Where most ac­tiv­i­ties are in­cluded in our ad­mis­sion price, there may be some small fees for some spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, and do­na­tions are al­ways wel­come.

“We also have our res­i­dent pot­ters on site, where you can pur­chase hand­made pot­tery, where they can also make per­son­alised mugs to or­der.

“There is a café serv­ing hot and cold snacks, and lo­cally sourced cakes and bev­er­ages. Also new for the 2019 sea­son, we have The Vil­lage Green Store, which has been cre­ated to be in keep­ing with a 1950s vil­lage shop sell­ing small gifts, toys and sweets.”

The mu­seum will be open for Fe­bru­ary half term from Wednes­day to Sun­day only, the main open sea­son be­ing from Wednes­day March 6 un­til Sun­day Novem­ber 3, when the site will be open from Wednes­day to Sun­day and Bank Hol­i­day Mon­days’.

Visit­ber­ley­mu­seum. for more in­for­ma­tion.

There will be lots of hands on ac­tiv­i­ties for young­sters

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