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The International Living History Festival (ILHF) provides an event for all those with an interest and love of history.

From a historical market, Living History displays, and immersive have-a-go hands-on history activities, it is also a meeting place and fabulous opportunity for all, visitors and re-enactors alike, to spend a weekend visiting and discussing all periods of our historical past. Many of Europe’s best artisans, craftsmen and traders are on hand, happy to advise and provide a huge array of items and replicas of historical heritage. This Festival of history has become the primary multi-period market place for re-enactors, historical interpreters and historical enthusiasts across Europe.

This year (2022), the Festival will take place at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Stokes Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 4JR

In 1967 Avoncroft Museum was opened to the public following the rescue and reconstruction of a medieval Town House from Bromsgrove town centre.  Avoncroft’s priority is to retain historic buildings in their original location. Over five decades, Avoncroft Museum has continued to rescue structures where this had not been achievable. The Museum now displays and cares for over 30 historic buildings and structures. All of Avoncroft’s buildings were threatened with demolition or neglect. In moving them to the Avoncroft Museum grounds, every effort has been made to retain as much of the original structure as possible.

Avoncroft Museum is a great venue for filming, photo shoots or projects. Set in 19 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside, our collection of 30 historic buildings offers a great range of sets and backdrops. Highlights include a Medieval Town house, a fully furnished 1940s Prefab and a working 19th century windmill.

Recent projects include:

  • London’s Lost Graveyard: Crossrail Discovery – True North TV for Channel 4 – Medieval Town House
  • Doctors – BBC – First World War commemorative episode – Museum grounds and Threshing Barn
  • Inside Out – BBC – Prefab and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection
  • Documentary on traditional blacksmithing skills – EBS (Korean TV) – working 19th century blacksmith’s forge
  • Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger

We think that this is a perfect venue to host this multiperiod History Festival and market, so check out the website, and make a date in your diary for April 9th – 10th 2022!

More information on the venue can be found at – www.avoncroft.org.uk

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