Our grounds and gardens are open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.We will also be open on Tuesdays in Bucks school holidays. All tickets must be pre-booked online. We will be closed on Monday 28th June for filming.

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Shepherd's living van

Shepherd Vans and Lambing

Nowadays, people might mainly think of shepherd’s vans as romantic holiday hideaways or useful garden offices but, during the nineteenth century, they were an important part of farming life and were regularly seen dotted around the countryside. It’s tempting to think that they were rarely used before about 1800 but this may just be because

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Edwardian toilets at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Caversham Toilets and Social History

COAM Caversham toilets and social history The Museum is rightly proud of its Edwardian public conveniences. These were originally situated at the south-east corner of the bridge over the Thames at Caversham, for use by passengers of the Reading tram which operated from 1901 until 1939 and terminated at the bridge. The conveniences were opened

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The Chiltern Open Air Museum ticket office in 1981

COAM Opening Day 3rd May 1981

Imagine the scene on the morning of Sunday May 3rd, 1981. The volunteers who had been working on the development of Chiltern Open Air Museum since the land was acquired in 1978 were making last minute preparations for the formal opening. Hand-painted notice-boards were being erected around the site, the twenty wardens were being given

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Jess the sheepdog working the sheep

Jess the Sheepdogs Training Continues

It’s been a while since I updated on Jess’s progress and that’s because until a couple of weeks ago there wasn’t any! Our early training had come to an abrupt halt when we sort of hit a brick wall trying to get her to go round the sheep rather than straight at them as she

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