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World War One in focus as museum set to open 

 Published on: 7th March 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles is set to open its doors for the season later this month with the First World War taking centre stage.

On Saturday, March 30 the museum, based at Gorelands Lane, will open for the season with the day falling on English Tourism Week the museum will mark the occasion by officially unveiling their completed World War One Nissen hut to the public.

For the first weekend entry will be as a donation fee only, with every penny going towards the museum’s work conserving and promoting local heritage and culture.

The special First World War history event will include costumes, re-enactors showing how the Tommies would relax on the home front and what weapons and kit they used when fighting.

Nurse and chaplain re-enactors will also demonstrate how they supported the troops on the front line and back home.

Visitors can take part in a poppy trail and dress up in officer and nurse costumes.

There will also be the opportunity to chat to the museum team about educational visits, group visits, experience days, weddings and event at the museum.

The event is part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to rebuild a World War One Nissen hut on the museum site to commemorate the war in the Chilterns and to tell the stories of local heroes.

Visit www.coam.org.uk for further information.

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