The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey will be re-opening for the season on 1 April and will be open Tuesday – Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) from 11am – 5pm until 27 October.
During the summer staff and volunteers often get talking to local visitors who exclaim “We always drive past your signs but have never stopped and visited before” or “We haven’t visited Denny Abbey since the museum moved here”. To our constant pleasure these visitors discover the beauty of the Denny site and have a really fantastic day out just on their doorstep. There is plenty to see and do for all the family and we cater especially for younger children.
So for those of you who don’t know much about us here is a brief history:
The museum began in 1969 by the Delanoy family in the village of Haddenham. In 1995 the museum was moved to the site where Denny Abbey stands, just off the A10 between Cambridge and Ely (almost opposite AMEY), and re-opened in 1997 in renovated farm buildings and a new education block. The museum collection covers village and farming life of rural Cambridgeshire including large machinery and domestic items.
Since then additions have included converting a 1850s farm labourer’s cottage into a 1940s cottage complete with outdoor privy re-creating what life was like for a farm workers family.
Denny Abbey was lived in by three different religious orders (and owned by 4!) until Henry VIII closed it and sold off the building and surrounding land. From the time it was sold off and the Countess of Pembroke’s church extension demolished farming families inhabited the former medieval church until the early 20th century.
Other interesting delights at the site include display rooms about basket making, a farrier’s, an early 20th century typical village shop and a dairy. The museum also has a recreation of a fen man’s hut.
There is plenty of easy parking, toilets, picnic areas and a specially designed “play shed” for children.
Throughout the open season the museum runs a series of fun and informative special event days, children’s holiday activity drop in days, an education programme for schools, and pre-booked tours and talks for groups.
Occasionally we offer teacher training sessions on traditional maypole and country dancing, and craft workshops for adults.