Transport museums include the fascinating STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon, a must for fans of the great steam engines of the past, as well as the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire.
Aviation museums include the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford in Shropshire, home to more than 70 iconic, historic aircraft.
Type of Museum: Local Museum Country: Somerset, England Owned / Operated by: Charity No.
1065071 Address: Allerford, Minehead TA24 8HN Home to the West Somerset Rural Life Museum, Victorian Schoolroom and West Somerset Photographic Archive, Allerford Museum now contains several thousand artefacts and photographs mostly dating from the early 1800s to the late 1950s.
Open afternoons Apr to Oct, admission charges apply.
Type of Museum: Local Museum Country: Oxfordshire, England Owned / Operated by: Abingdon Museum Friends Address: Market Place, Abingdon OX14 3HG Set in the former courtroom of the Berkshire Assizes, this local history museum re-opened in 2012 after an extensive restoration project.
The museum’s permanent exhibitions include some of Abingdon’s most important and historically significant artefacts, including the 16th century Monk’s Map, a replica of the Anglo-Saxon Abingdon Sword, and one of the last MGB roadsters produced at the nearby MG factory. Type of Museum: Industrial Museum Country: Shropshire, England Owned / Operated by: Shropshire Council Address: Acton Scott, near Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6QQ One of Britain’s leading working farm museums, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm specialises in practical demonstrations of historic farming using traditional skills and period horse-drawn machines.
Open daily Mon – Sat, Sundays throughout July and Aug, admission charges apply.
Type of Museum: Maritime Museum Country: North East Scotland, Scotland Owned / Operated by: Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Address: Shiprow, Aberdeen AB11 5BY Located on historic Shiprow, in the heart of the city and close to the harbour, the museum tells the story of Aberdeen’s long association with the sea.