The Story of Avoncroft
Notices were read out, 30th June to Avoncroft Museum, “Roll of Honour of Wythall” booklet would be on sale at the Carnival price £4, a query had been raised by a lady in Hollywood about the possible residence of Agatha Christie in the area during the second World War.
Mrs. Nash welcomed Andrew Cameron ,the speaker for the evening, his subject and PowerPoint Presentation was “Demolition and Rescue - The story of Avoncroft Museum”.
The first acquisition had been the “Merchants House” in 1967, closely followed by the Windmill in 1969. The latter had taken several years to renovate. One of the most recent buildings is the “Nailmaker’s Cottage” in 2010. The Museum is funded mainly on the entrance fees from visitors, sales in the shop, special events and donations. At any one time there are up to 80 volunteers on the rota. Andy then went into great detail about the construction of the buildings; Cruck frames, box frames, wattle and daub fillings together with explanations of split oak poles to brick nogging. Many members recalled “Prefabs” built after the war, they were a revolution at the time having both an indoor toilet and bath as well as a ‘fridge. The Mission Church on site is still able to conduct both weddings and funerals. We were all advised to look out for the “3 holed privi“ on our outing.
The evening was brought to a close with a reminder that our next meeting is on 29th September.