The prefab at Avoncroft

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It’s a lovely prefab in a lovely museum, which takes you back in time and over 700 years of history.

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Home to over 30 different buildings and structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire, Avoncroft Museum is spread over 19 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside and includes a wildflower meadow, period gardens, a traditional cider and perry orchard as well as the collection of historic buildings… and a post-war prefab!

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We went to visit the open air museum – open in 1967, it was the first UK open air museum – last Friday with Jane, my friend and partner in The Prefab Museum.

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We were kindly invited by the museum’s staff to discuss the possibility of a future collaboration as 2016 is marking 70 years of post-war prefabs, although they were supposed to last 10 years!

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Here is a bit of history of this lovely prefab: It used to be located 85 Moat Lane, Yardley, Birmingham and its first tenant was Mrs Davies… In the 80s the Arcon was rescued and re-built at Avoncroft Museum.

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It’s fantastic to discover the inside of the prefab too, how comfortable, cosy and modern…

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and to imagine how prefab post-war life was through the furniture, the objects, the knick knacks and the photos displayed…

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Some of them were kindly donated by the family who lived in the prefab.

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If you want to see more photos of life in an Arcon in the 50s, here are a few from Alan Page’s collection in Newport, Wales.

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Follow the adventures of the Prefab Museum on FB and Twitter! We’ll be back soon… 2016 is the year of the prefab!!!!

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