Amberley Museum celebrates its 40th Autumn Historic Transport Gathering

Amberley Museum celebrates its 40th Autumn Historic Transport Gathering

Amberley Museum celebrated its 40th Autumn Historic Transport Gathering on Sunday 8th October, with nearly 300 exhibitors showing vintage cars, commercial and public transport vehicles, stationary engines and motorcycles. It was a hive of activity at the Museum, with over 700 visitors attending the event and enjoying the 36 acre site. Visitors also explored the site on the Museum’s very own Historic bus and narrow gauge railway.

Many of the Museum’s craftspeople were displaying their crafts on the day, including Arthur Haffenden the Besom Broom maker who has been at the Museum almost since it opened. The Greenwood village featured the Bodger, Stonemason and wood crafts. Glyn Jones was busy demonstrating the newly restored horizontal saw (which dates back to 1926) and the Wood Turners were displaying their skills, as were the two potters.

Brian Johnson, the organiser, has been running this event since the first one back in October 1978, and it has gone from strength to strength over the last 39 years. In 2018 it will be the Museum’s 40th season, with the 40th anniversary of the Autumn Historic Transport Gathering taking place on Sunday 7th October 2018. This will lead up to the Museums 40th Birthday in May 2019; the Museum officially opened for its first season in May 1979.

Amberley Museum’s marketing officer spoke to one of the Museum’s regular visitors and long standing members about this historic event. He has visited the Museum over the 40 years, enjoying many events with his late wife. He still enjoys coming to as many events as he can, and likes to take a walk along the Museum’s nature trail.

Amberley Museum is a registered charity, relying heavily on the support of its strong team of volunteers and returning annual members. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or a member, the Museum is holding a Members and Volunteers day on Sunday 29th October, as they close their 2017 season. For this last day there will be a special offer of £7.00 entry for everyone.

Amberley Museum is a remarkable heritage site in the Sussex South Downs, with 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibit buildings to visit, focusing on industrial and transport history. Why not take a ride on the narrow gauge railway and historic bus? Exhibits include the telecommunications hall, electricity hall, lime kilns, steam engines, working printshop and more.

The Museum is home to traditional craftspeople such as the Woodturners and Blacksmith, with a café, gift shop, nature trails and picnic areas. The Museum is accessibility friendly and dogs are welcome on site. We have been awarded the Kennel Club ‘Best Dog Friendly Attraction Award’ for Days Out 2016.

The Museum hosted over 50 events in 2017 from children’s activity days to classic vehicle shows. They re-open from 7th March until 28th October 2018. For more information on events or the education programme, please see the website for full details;