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Call in at Connected Earth

Our newest attraction The Connected Earth gallery, tells the story of human communication from smoke signals and cannons sounding the alarm right through to the very latest in phone technology. Learn to send and receive Morse code, practice sending signals up

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Browse the High St

Step back into the days of bustling high streets to see how people used to shop for groceries, clothing, medicines and other essentials. Youngsters love seeing how we used to shop, while anyone past a certain age will enjoy spotting the

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Go back to school

There’s loads to do in the schoolroom – including joining a lesson, or running your own! Sit down at a desk and try writing on a slate as Victorian children used to do; find out how schoolteachers used finger stocks, back

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Play parlour games

In a time before TV, there was more than enough to amuse the whole family – as you’ll see in our lovingly recreated Parlour. Here you can play the Polyphon music box,  tinkle out a tune on the pianola without touching a single key,

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Warm up in the kitchen

You’ll usually find a fire waiting to warm you in our farmhouse kitchen, where children can make their own hot buttered toast using a toasting fork. Edwardian kitchens were the heart of homes and had to be large to accommodate the

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Let us transport you

From a sedan chair to Clive Sinclair’s futuristic C5, from a precarious Penny Farthing to a comfortable canal boat, the story of transport is told in this large gallery. Our centrepiece is the enormous tram which used to carry 100

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Play on the pianola

The only requirement is long legs and a sense of rythmn and you can play like a virtuoso on this ingenious instrument. No Victorian home was complete without one!

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Take a seat in the stocks

These visitors may be smiling, but public punishment was no laughing matter. Centuries ago you could be made to sit in the stocks for committing a crime. And passers-by could choose to heap more punishment on your head as you

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Experience a WW2 air raid

Make a run for shelter at the bottom of our wartime garden. The Anderson shelter is the kind you’d have found in many gardens and as you listen to the wailing sounds of the siren and bombers roaring overhead you’ll be

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See world’s largest phone

Our colourful BT Roadphone is the world’s largest working mobile telephone and was created as a promotional gimmick in the 1970s. During one event the cameras filmed someone using it to call their relatives in Australia.

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