Panther Enthusiasts Club UK

Wessex Area

Trip to the Amberley Working Museum 27th July 2008


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Five cars from the Wessex Area enjoyed a very pleasant day out in glorious weather at the Amberley Working Museum set in 36 acres of the South Downs. The initial idea was to display the cars, but unfortunately they did not qualify to be shown, as they were not old enough. Consequently the cars were left in the public car park by the station. This was probably a blessing in disguise, because the group was free to come and go as they pleased. The Museum is spread over a large area that once was the railway marshalling yards and chalk and lime sheds. These buildings now hold various working mini museums of days gone by. There are 30 or more of these working museums from railways, steam vehicles, engineering, telecommunications, lime kilns, and many more, but the names that stood out for me were "Broom Makers Hut", "Clay Pipe Makers Works" and "Bodgers Camp", I would have felt at home there!  In the middle of these exhibits the classic cars were displayed. Upon arrival the group quenched their thirsts at a very pleasant cafe overlooking the river Avon. They then spent several interesting hours looking around the classic car exhibits and the museums, before driving north to the White Hart at Pulborough where they whiled away the rest of the day with a noggin and natter. It was altogether a very satisfactory day out.

Those who shared this enjoyment were: Michele & Alan, Alec & Mary, Tony and Helen, Les and Pearl and Terry and Larraine. My thanks go to Les & Pearl for the description of the day and to Alec & Mary for the photographs. More photographs may follow to be added to those shown here.   



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