Celebrating heritage and culture this autumn in Bucks

From exhibitions to heritage festivals to museums, there is plenty for the culturally minded to do this autumn in Bucks.

Together We Build

It's been 10 years since the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Together We Build is a project to share the story of the Paralympics, the forerunner of which Dr Guttmann started in Stoke Mandeville in the 1940s; now known all over the world.  Ten disabled Community Curators have chosen objects from the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Buckinghamshire Archives, Discover Bucks Museum and Waddesdon Manor’s collections which will be displayed across the county in cultural venues.  This is your chance to see a selection of Paralympic objects that have not been on display before, including: the Tokyo 2020 Torch, a Paralympic Athlete’s shirt designed by Stella McCartney for 2012, the Swaypole Dress and Gravity Corset from the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, lion and futuristic mascots and Chris Holmes’ Racing Wheelchair, among others. Running until November 4th, find out more here.

 

Chilterns Heritage Festival

On until 4th October, the Festival is now in its 5th year and there is so much to see – beautiful gardens, historic houses, private tours, plus walks, talks and even music at venues spread right across the Chilterns. Events include private tours of Hartwell House with afternoon tea, Daws Hill Vineyard with wine tasting, and Milton's Cottage, home to visionary poet and political writer, John Milton.

 

Chilterns Walking Festival

This annual festival takes place from 15th - 3th October and includes over 50 guided walks, tours and events covering nature reserves, filming locations, churches, farms and iron age hillforts led by knowledgeable guides. Why not take a guided tour of the beautiful gardens at Danesfield House Hotel and see the remains of its iron age hillfort on October 19th, for example? See the full programme here.

 

Heritage Railways

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is a popular attraction amongst young and old and what could be better than relaxing in a vintage carriage behind a steam engine and watching the beautiful scenery pass by? They currently have an offer of reduced priced adult tickets until the end of October so now's a great time to go. Or why not visit Buckinghamshire Railway Centre which has a fabulous Railway Museum full of engines, carriages, wagons and other railway artefacts plus a highly popular Miniature Railway offering sit-on rides, plus a large area dedicated to model railways?

 

Kop Hill Climb

The Kop Hill Climb returns 24th - 25th September and is a major fixture on the historic motorsport calendar. See all sorts of vintage vehciles, motorbikes, cars, and soapboxes all race down the steep hill in Princes Risborough. Running since 1910 it's a great fundraising event for the local community and you can also enjoy live music, family fun, shopping and great food while you’re there. 

 

Buckinghamshire History Festival

Organised by Buckinghamshire Archives, get ready for a fascinating November packed full of Bucks history and culture. Be entertained by Buckinghamshire Tales, inspired by the search for artists’ gardens, impressed by our Paralympic connections, and surprised by our naval history. With events nearly every day, a wide range of tours, talks, and theatre from organisations across the county awaits. 

 

Museums

At Amersham Museum you can enjoy the story of Amersham’s people and the surrounding villages over the generations. You can listen to stories from the 1930s, get a sense of life in a Tudor home in 1580 and delve into their Metro Land exhibition featuring images and the voices of local people. Their popular programme of guided Tudor walks take place every Saturday and town walks every Sunday where you can learn about Old Amersham and its development and what life was like in Tudor times. 

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden celebrates the life and works of the brilliant author who made his home in Buckinghamshire. As well as learning all about Roald Dahl and his characters, you can take a guided walk about the town and surrounding countryside to find out about what inspired him to write his classic stories.

Bletchley Park, once the home to the codebreakers of World War 2, is a fascinating museum which includes historic buildings, lovely grounds, restored codebreakers' huts and all sorts of exhibits. Discover the secret work that was done here that helped win the war and began the story of modern computing as you step back in time to the 1940s. It's current exhibition, The Intelligence Factory, focuses on 1942 - 45 when Bletchley Park operated at an industrial scale with a workforce of around 9000!

The Chiltern Open Air Museum has a fascinating collection of over 30 reconstructed historic buildings from the Chilterns including an Iron Age roundhouse, 1940s prefab, blacksmith’s forge, Victorian toll house, tin chapel, wartime Nissen huts, an earthen cottage and an historic farm which is still worked today. They hold regular events to learn about days gone by, such as Wild About Wool and Rural Life, plus costumed re-enactors and arts & crafts sessions for little ones.

Milton's Cottage in Chalfont St Giles is the only surviving residence of poet and parlimentarian John Milton and was where he finished 'Paradise Lost.' A beautiful 16th century house with a Grade II Registered Historic Garden, it has been a museum since 1887 and is filled with books, paintings and prints that give a unqiue insight into MIlton's life.

The Silverstone Experience is a fabulous interactive attraction which is a must for car enthusiasts, taking you on a 3 hour journey through the history of motorsport, concluding with an immersive show 'The Ultimate Lap of Silverstone', commented by Murray Walker himself.

Discover Bucks Museum is a fascinating place to visit for all ages and has 5 new fabulous galleries to explore which include a mammoth's tusk, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon coins ever discovered and a 3000 year old Bronze Age sword.You can step into the magical world of Roald Dahl too with a visit to the fabulous Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, which is full of exciting hands-on exhibits inspired by Dahl’s stories and museum objects

 

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