28th Oct, 2020

Go back to the war years at Avoncroft Museum's 1940s extravaganza

VISITORS to Avoncroft Museum will be taken back to the 1940s during a special event being held to commemorate the war years.

Re-enactment groups, period vehicles and performers will be at the museum on October 3 and 4 to provide visitors with a true taste of how Midlanders lived during the Second World War, all whilst complying with social distancing rules.

‘On the Home Front’ will feature displays on the roles the army, RAF, Air Transport Auxiliary and Civil Defence were undertaken in the region, along with how civilians lived during the time.

With period music by Vintage Class and Guy Roles there is plenty of time for entertainment as well, especially when the event continues into the Saturday evening.

Nick Sturgess, acting deputy director of Avoncroft, said: “We have had to make a significant number of changes to our original plans for this exciting event in order to keep everyone safe.

“We now know our social distancing measures are working and feel confident that we can offer an event here that is not only likely to be popular but also allows people to understand what the Midlands did during the war.

“Many people wanted to commemorate VE day back in May but couldn’t because of the lockdown, so now we’re offering an opportunity to do that safely.”

Due to restrictions, a one-way system will be maintained on site and all groups will be briefed in order to ensure social distancing whilst explaining about the past to visitors. Booking is through pre-booked tickets on the museum’s website.

Avoncroft Museum in Bromsgrove shows Midlands life from the 1500s to the present day through a collection of buildings. It is currently open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am.

Tickets need to be pre-booked on the website due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Visit www.avoncroft.org.uk or email collections@avoncroft.org.uk for more information about Avoncroft Museum and to book tickets.

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