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Showing posts with label burwell museum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label burwell museum. Show all posts

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Our local museum

See https://www.facebook.com/burwellmuseum/

May I suggest all locals visit in 2017? It is probably the biggest and best local museum, certainly in the area and probably in the whole of the UK.  A real gem with so much to see and do. When they can't go, our little grandchildren cry!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Burwell Museum - new look

Our local Burwell Museum has been undergoing a facelift over the winter months. There is now a brand new cafe and shop and many of the exhibits have been changed. It really is superb and well worth a visit.

The visit also allows a good look around the fully restored windmill. The windmill is literally over our garden wall. Quite a few TV programmes have used the windmill recently. Our bungalow has been on national TV at least once, albeit for just a few seconds!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Burwell Museum - worth a visit

http://66.147.244.76/~burwellm/

I can thoroughly recommend a visit to Burwell Museum. It is PACKED with interesting exhibits and "punches above it weight". Ideal for everyone aged from 3 to 103.

Open 11-5 Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays Easter to late October.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Church 550 years old

Our local church has been celebrating its 550th anniversary this weekend, although parts of it go back very long time.
another 400-500 years. There has been a church on this site for a

Today they had an "open" day with exhibits, an open tower and open crypt. I was on duty guarding the chalice and other items, some of which date back to the 1500s.  Very old and still in use.

Although too wobbly to climb the tower myself, someone posted a Facebook photo showing the museum and windmill from the top of the tower today. In it, you can see our bungalow.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Burwell Windmill

Although this has recently been refurbished and now sports four fine sails, there is still an issue with the cap rotation. This is currently being fixed.

Today there has been a man on a hoist undercoating the cap - rather him than me! This photo was taken from our front garden. The man is visible more clearly if you click to enlarge the photo.  He is painting the cap. Imagine doing this on the end of a rope, this far off the ground, and managing not to spill a drop of paint!

See http://www.burwellmuseum.org.uk/  .

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Classic Cars

Classic Cars Poster
Our local Burwell Museum held a "Classic Car" day today with around 20 classic cars turning up and on display. There were cars from the 1960s right back to 1907. They were all carefully restored by their owners and looked splendid in the warm sunshine and dry weather.

One was an old white Morris 1000 called "Hilda" restored by an old work friend, The 1930s Austin 7's looked good. Well. they all did. Some of these vehicles are on permanent view in the museum.

We went along with our season ticket, giving us free entry after the initial payment some months ago. Normal adult entry is £4. Children are £1.50 (to 15) and under 5s get in free. There is so much to see in the museum it is well worth the entry fee. You could spend hours looking around. If a local, a season ticket is well worth it, so you can come back and browse whenever you like when the museum and mill are open.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Visit by Chris

Chris and I in our front garden
Our son Chris drove all the way from Canterbury to be with us Monday afternoon. He works Saturdays (and many Sundays) but has Monday afternoons off.

He kindly cut both our lawns for us whilst he was here. We are very grateful.

This is a photo of Chris and I taken in our front garden with Burwell Windmill and Museum in the background, just over our garden wall.

Both our sons have been SO kind to me during my illness, bless them.




Sunday, 8 June 2014

Brother and sister-in-law visit Burwell Museum

Windmill over the garden wall.
My brother and his wife have come up from Devon to visit us, going back Wednesday. This afternoon they walked about 30m from our bungalow to our local Burwell Museum, just across the green, The museum is quite something. They thought it was great.

Spread over several buildings, the museum is a snapshot of rural village life down the ages. There are old cars , old delivery vans, an old school, an old shop, horses and carts, old cars and buses, and even a blacksmiths and WW2 room and a fully working telephone exchange with phones to dial up.  There is a room dedicated to old clothes and so very much more. You could easily spend a few hours here.

Now, of course, the fully restored windmill is also open too. The museum "punches way above its station" as they say.  It is open to the public 11am-5pm Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Sometimes school visits are on other days by arrangement. It is run entirely by volunteers.

If you are in the area it is well worth seeing. Our grandchildren love it and ALWAYS want to go back, so this year we bought a season ticket. Every month my wife and I do a volunteer duty.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

More normality today

Although my stroke still makes me feel sick and wobbly, it was good to do more "normal" things today: after lunch my wife and I took turns to do a ticketing duty at our local Burwell museum and windmill ,and this evening a friend came around to erect some amateur radio antennas. Not yet back to normal, but more steps on the way back to "normality".