History & Heritage
Buckinghamshire has a varied past. Discover the Chiltern Open Air Museum where historic buildings and demonstrations bring to life 2,000 years of Buckinghamshire’s past in a beautiful parkland setting.
Mesmerising museums across the county tell fascinating tales of the past. Find out about the area’s furniture-making heritage proudly presented at the Wycombe Museum, whilst a visit to the Buckinghamshire County Museum will unveil Buckinghamshire’s rich cultural heritage. Marlow’s family friendly Museum takes you through time with its wonderful displays. Amersham Museum located in a beautiful Tudor hall, has well displayed collections linking the history of the town to its inhabitants, whilst Chesham’s unique industrial and social history and connection with Boots, Beer, Brushes and Baptists, are all displayed in the town’s museum.
Why not discover the county’s military history at Buckingham’s Old Gaol or Boarstall Tower. Explore the World War Two historic site of Bletchley Park where you can unearth the secrets of strategic deception, code-breaking and evacuee survival stories, and see one of the famous Enigma machines.
Did you know that Buckinghamshire is blessed with more National Trust Properties than any county in England? Spend a day visiting one them; from the stately homes of Cliveden Claydon and Hughenden to the modest historic architecture of Long Crendon’s Courthouse. Don't miss a visit to the magnificent mansion of the Rothschild dynasty at Waddesdon or explore one of the country's finest Tudor manor house at Dorney Court.
Step back in time to the glorious age of steam by taking a trip on the enchanting Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway or enjoy a visit to the Buckingham Railway Centre in Quainton where you can experience a fascinating display of working engines.
Interested in art? Visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery, dedicated to the life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer CBE, RA (1891 – 1959). Visit the summer 2014 exhibition, Paradise Regained: Spencer in the Aftermath of the First World War, from 2 April to 2 November. Aces High Aviation Gallery is the world's leading specialist in aviation and military art and the only gallery in Britain is based in Wendover, as well as California and Normandy. It is the largest permanent exhibition of Aviation and Miltary art from leading military artists and thousands of prints.
If you would like to learn more about Buckinghamshire's archaeology, historic buildings and landscapes visit the County Council's Unlocking Buckinghamshire's Past website.
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