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New Faces at Chiltern Open Air Museum

HLF Skills for the Future Trainees at Chiltern Open Air Museum


Chiltern Open Air Museum has just welcomed three new members of staff under the ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, part of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This year’s successful recruits are Heather Pike, who will be the Visitor Services Assistant learning about volunteer management and visitor services operations, Tom Pearce who will be working as Education Assistant focusing on running education programmes, and Henry Dyhouse who will be developing his skills in interpretation and events co-ordination as the Interpretation Assistant.


‘Skills for the Future’ offers work-based training in a wide range of skills that are needed to look after buildings, landscapes and museum and archive collections, as well as equipping people to lead education and outreach programmes and manage volunteers. Its focus is on vocational learning, helping meet the skills gaps identified by heritage bodies, and on encouraging potential trainees from all walks of life. Trainees learn how to engage families, schools and communities with their heritage, bringing heritage sites and collections alive for the next generation.


The Museum opens again on 29 March and the 2014 season runs until 31 October, with events most weekends. You can discover more about Heather, Tom and Henry’s experiences on their new blog.

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News for 2014


The 2013 Beautiful South Awards at the Felbridge Hotel and Spa

We were delighted that last November the Museum won the Gold Award for Small Attraction of the Year in the Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards. Following our earlier award in 2013 from Bucks Advertiser for Pride of Bucks Environmental Award we are so very proud that the achievements of our staff and all our amazing volunteers have been recognised by our local community and the judges of these awards. We would like to thank Artesan Printers for sponsoring our staff to attend the awards dinner and for their invaluable support in the production of our 2014 leaflets.

Over the winter we have greeted two new arrivals – our two female short horn cows which have come to us from a local farm in Prestwood. They are settling in to their new home in Hill Farm Barn and we are delighted to announce that they have recently been named Clematine and Clarabelle through the name the cows competition.  Thank you to all of you who entered the competition to help raise farm funds.

The Museum is gearing up for an exciting new Season in 2014 with new events such as our Traditional Easter Treats and back by very popular demand the spectacular Medieval Jousting event from 2013 and the Roman Gladiators. Not for the faint hearted!

The Museum is pleased to welcome new Learning Officer Cathy Silmon to our team this year and sad to say goodbye to Holly Lees, who left in December 2013. We are delighted to welcome our three new trainees Heather Pike, Tom Pearce and Henry Dyhouse who take up the challenge of working with our learning and visitor services team and are settling in well.

School visits start again from 24 February and Cathy and her team have a very exciting year of themed weeks and workshops with new self led activities for the themed weeks to support curriculum topics. The Iron Age themed weeks should be very popular with schools in supporting this new topic in the Curriculum!

The Museum opens to the public on 29 March with donations day to see the museum in return for a donation, which is invaluable to the survival of our charity. If you like keeping fit, then come and join us on the next day for the Chiltern Warrior Extreme Run on 30 March. Visit the Chiltern Warrior web site to book a place on this very popular sporting event.