Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
Posted on 1st November 2018 at 14:21
Not far from Malton’s bustling town centre you’ll find Eden Camp, one of the world’s leading modern history theme museums.
While events take place throughout the year, this award-winning attraction is well worth a visit at any time if you’re a history buff.
The site, based just off the A169 Malton to Pickering road, has a landmark Spitfire in its grounds, so you know when you’ve arrived!
So what’s so special about Eden Camp?
The site, which occupies a large area and includes numerous themed huts and exhibits, was once a prisoner of war camp for Italian solders in the early 1940s.
From 1944 to 1948, the site housed German prisoners of war.
Following World War Two, the site was returned to its original owners although it wasn’t until March 1987 that Eden Camp opened its doors as a museum.
There were just ten huts back then, telling the story of World War Two by using many of the human senses, including sight, sound and smell.
The number of huts gradually increased over the years to include one with a Home Front theme among others.
From 1990 to 1995, six additional themed huts were prepared and opened to the public. These included huts that told the story of the complex politics of the day and one based on Dig for Victory. A Memorial Garden was also created.
Over the next decade, various huts were re-designed and developed and one was based around World War One. Other themed huts include Woman at War, the Interwar Years and Civil Defence to name but a few!
During 2002, a particularly important refurbishment was that of Hut 10, which now includes the most comprehensive collection of POW artefacts in the world.
In 2006, a Medal Room was created and in 2009, the Forces Tribute (Hut 22) was opened, comprising of hundreds of precious, emotive photographs.
One of the most talked-about huts is Hut 5, The Blitz, which can give an eerie and sometimes scary insight into one of the darkest chapters of British history.
The site has parking for up to 400 vehicles and includes a dedicated area for coaches, mini buses and motorhome/caravans.
Dogs are allowed if kept on a lead. There are also indoor and outdoor eating areas.
Most of the site is accessible for wheelchairs and there are a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for loan (free of charge, pre-booking essential).
The museum is close to main roads and there is a bus route nearby. If travelling by train, then Malton is the nearest station and you can get one of our taxi drivers to take you door to door.
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