Visited on 27th March 2013. A very cold day with some snow, so we didn't really do justice to the Cider Mill or the other outdoor displays, nor did we visit the wild life walks. Next Time!! The gypsy caravans and the vintage vehicles (horse drawn, bikes and a very rare three wheel car) were fantastic, and the commentaries excellent, especially the young people asking questions.
The museum itself is cleverly laid out, and the way round clearly marked. (stairs or a lift will take you to all three floors). There's just enough in each display to inform without boring, whatever age is looking! You'll find videos, interactive puzzles, costumes, doors to open, smells to inhale, sound effects, and objects to handle. We saw one of the two school parties busy re-enacting laundry and boot boy tasks, and having a great time in the Laundry...one of several rooms laid out as it would have been in Victorian times.
The Bredon Hill Hoard is amazing, set in the context of a display on money. It's well lit and displayed so that small children on foot can see, too. The story of the hoard's burial and discovery is simply explained....together with a Roman coin rubbing activity for those who want to take home a very personal momento. (Nothing about Bitcoins yet though...is this the next development in this display should it become permanent?)
The café was moderately busy, the food and coffee good , and the service friendly and welcoming. We didn't have to wait long for our meal or afternoon tea. (Our museum visit was a long one, (10 - 4.30pm)...but that's because we have the leisure to read every notice!
We hope to return to some of the activities planned for later in the year, and to see the Public Rooms in the Castle (opening from 1st April).
One worry...the toilets (very clean) are outside, so be sure and visit before going in!
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