Amberley Historic Transport Gathering is 40 years young

With almost 300 exhibitors showing vintage vehicles including motorcycles, and an attendance in excess of 700, the Amberley Museum’s 40th Autumn Historic Transport Gathering on Sunday, October 8 proved a great success.

Once visitors had feasted their eyes on the old bikes, cars and commercial vehicles, there were still the museum’s own historic bus garage and narrow gauge railway to visit.

Flashback to the 1978 open day at the then fledgling museum, with an old Southdown open-top bus capturing the visitors’ attention.

Among the craftspeople showing off their skills were besom broom maker Arthur Haffenden, who’s been at Amberley almost since it opened, and in The Greenwood village a bodger and stonemason, along with wood turners and potters, showed what they could do.

Glyn Jones demonstrated a huge, newly restored horizontal saw dating from 1926.

The 36-acre site on the Sussex South Downs has more than 40 exhibit buildings to visit, and is well worth a ride out during the opening season.

The museum is a registered charity, relying heavily on the support of its strong team of volunteers, and on the final day of the 2017 season – Sunday, October 29 – a Members’ and Volunteers’ Day with reduced ticket prices was held.

The 2018 season will run from March 7 until October 28.

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