Amersham Museum has a great selection of activities over the summer holiday to keep the kids busy. I take Tilly to check out what’s on at this little museum with a big local heart. ammuseum_feature

Filling the summer holidays is always a challenge and I find it a tremendous help when local venues put on activities. We’re fortunate that Amersham Museum, the local museum for Amersham in Buckinghamshire, puts on a superb summer programme thanks to its brilliant small team supported by dedicated volunteers. There are special crafting days plus plenty to do on normal museum days, so here’s a look at what’s on offer.

 

Create Wednesdays

Children can get hands on with Amersham’s history each Wednesday during the holidays with the Create sessions, where the museum is turned over to making items inspired by Amersham’s history.

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Saxon pots were made at the first Create session of the holidays

The Create sessions over August include decorating your own medieval-style tile or straw plait, carving soap and making the packaging inspired by local perfume maker Goya, and if you’d like to make a Saxon pot like in the photos, you’ll have another chance on Wednesday 17 August.

The craft case

If you’re visiting on a normal museum day (Thursday to Sunday) then there’s still plenty of opportunity to get children involved with crafts. The craft case is full of fun activities such as making and decorating a jumping jack or train or as my daughter Tilly did, just make something up using the crafting materials in the chest.

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Tilly getting creative with the craft case

Museum trails

There are two fun trails for children to follow that are a great way of encouraging them to explore the museum and its displays.

  • For older children the Silver Jubilee trail has word clues based on items in the museum, which they use to discover a secret item and win a small prize.
  • Smaller children can take the toy trail, spotting planes, trains, cars and other toys to be found in and around the museum’s exhibits, again receiving a gift on completion.
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The wonderful models of Amersham past are also helpful for completing the toy trail

Tudor feasts and fashions

Each time we go upstairs at Amersham Museum, Tilly always makes a beeline for the Tudor feast, which she loves to ‘pretend eat’. We also had a go at dressing up with ShireMum taking on the role of a fine Tudor lady and me, rather typically, as a peasant. Tilly also discovered traditional toys such as a hobby horse and hoop, which she had great fun trying out.

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The Garden

Despite the modest size of the museum, it boasts a wonderful garden, which backs on to the Misbourne river. The Create sessions spills out into the garden on busy days under the gazebo, while during our visit it was a perfect space for Tilly to run around and stretch her legs in between activities inside the museum. If, like Tilly, your child has a penchant for old-fashioned outside toilets then a visit to the bottom of the garden is a must!

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The future

Amersham Museum will shortly be commencing work to expand into the premises next door, enabling it to greatly expand its displays and to cater for school groups and those with limited movement. The summer holidays are your last chance to visit the museum before the work starts. The museum then plans to reopen in summer 2017 once the work is complete.

Visiting

Amersham Museum is located in Amersham Old Town at 49 High Street. Parking is free on the high street where available or in the pay-and-display car park a few minutes walk away. Find out more about the museum, its activities, exhibits and plans at amershammuseum.org

All in all we found that the Amersham Museum offered so much for its compact space and we’ll likely be back again for more activities during the summer. We’re also looking forward to seeing its new shape new year when there’s be more on offer than ever.

If you’re in Buckinghamshire or the surrounding area don’t forget to check out my summer holiday events guide, featuring Amersham Museum and much more.

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