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Andre the Giant

André the Giant

Scenes from Sky Art’s film André the Giant filmed at COAM Chiltern Open Air Museum recently played host to a Sky Arts film about Samuel Beckett and the famous wrestler André the Giant. The film featured ‘Shameless’ star actor David Threlfall and aired recently on Sky Arts; if you missed it, it’s still available on

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The future of volunteering

The Future of Volunteering

  The Future of Volunteering? Some voluntary organisations have recently argued that there is a financial imperative to embrace new ways of volunteering. It is true that many Museums, assuming they receive any regular funding at all, are seeing cuts to their funding. If you presume that volunteers only create economic value, you could argue

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Master thatchers at COAM

The Art of Yealming

The Art of Yealming Master thatcher’s Mark and Roger have done a fine job transforming Leagrave cottage with a new coat of longstraw thatch. I had the opportunity to have a go at thatching I started on the ground, trying my hand at the art of yealming. This is a job a great many of

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The Pleasure of Volunteering

The Pleasure of Volunteering – A New Volunteer’s Endorsement It’s a bitterly cold winter’s day. The sky is grey and the increasingly heavy rain is threatening to turn to snow.  The icy wind’s tentacles feel their way through every gap in my clothing. I am working alone. A relatively new volunteer on the Museum farm,

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