Advice Please. Where in the UK?

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Advice Please. Where in the UK?

Postby Le Loup » Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:57 pm

Can anyone advise on where is the best place/s in the UK for decent museums, antique shops, second hand shops, second hand book shops, and Bed & Breakfast Accomidation? Yes I know this is asking a lot, but I thought that members here might be from all over and know the sort of thing I will be looking for.
My period of interest is 1700-1760 in the New World, born in England.
Living in New England Australia. Are there any other places/things/(People?) worth visiting in regards to my Living History Interests? I will be travelling with my wife.
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Postby m300572 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:07 pm

That is such a general query that its not possible to answer - can you refine your area of visiting a bit more?

As a general stab at it - accommoadation - just about everywhere has some decent b&bs - some have more than others and some have a good range.

Museums - define a decent museum? We have a stack of really good ones in Britain - start with the national collections in England, Scotland and Wales and work down from there.

Antique shops, bookshops and second hand bookshops - again most towns and cities of any size will have them - and occasionally even some small villages have made it their "trade mark" to fill the empty shops with specialist stores - Hay on Wye is the "book town".

How long have you got to see the country, are you looking to visit any family or any of the places your ancestral family lived?

If you post more detail you'll probably get someone who lives there that will fill you in.


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Postby John Waller » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:42 pm

For museums it really depends on your interests but as m300572 said we have loads of good ones. Have a look at http://www.culture24.org.uk/home which may help you focus your ideas.


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Postby Mark P. » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:43 pm

I suppose with such a general query the only reasonable general answer would be

London


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Postby Nigel » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:26 pm

or York silly man


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Postby Mark P. » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:07 pm

Nigel wrote:or York silly man


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Postby sally » Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:07 am

Bath might be worth a look, the Costume Museum there will have items from your period of interest, and its a pleasant day out generally.

London is probably essential though, especially if you have anything specific at places like the V&A that you wish to inspect. If you are hoping to go behind the scenes at any museum to look at reserve collections, the sooner you book time with a curator the better though, many are so busy they really need several months notice if at all possible



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Postby wurzul » Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:53 am

If you get far north enough, try Fort George,
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/pro ... t%20George



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Postby nix » Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:45 pm

got to say the ilse of wight, museums and statly homes


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