9th & 10th - Heritage Open Days
Winterbourne Medieval Barn
2pm–5pm, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September
South Gloucestershire in the First World War Exhibitions.
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties across the country that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
Winterbourne Barn is an outstanding and unique building of national importance. All other surviving medieval great tithe barns were built by the monastic estates, universities, or the Knights Hospitallers, but Winterbourne Barn was built by Thomas de Bradeston in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death first hit in England.
Only three barns of this scale are recorded as built by gentry’ families, and Winterbourne is the only survivor. The Barn was built using the green-timber construction methods which were the cutting-edge technology of that period. It is a fine example of a raised-cruck construction and one of the largest and earliest raised-cruck barns.
In addition to touring the Barn and its grounds you will be able to view the South Gloucestershire First World War Project Exhibitions.
The exhibitions concentrate on what happened in the different areas of South Gloucestershire during WW1.
The first exhibition commemorates the First World War by focusing on how the different areas of South Gloucestershire were affected. Whilst the men went off to fight, the factories at home turned their production to vital war work, country houses became convalescent homes and women came into the world of work as never before.
The exhibition also connects us to some of the experiences of our twinned towns in France.
This second exhibition focuses on the social impact of the war in South Gloucestershire, displaying photographs and information about the war’s effects on local women, scouts and even animals, along with information about some of the entertainment and sport that was enjoyed at the time.
Visitors will learn about the contribution made by the women left at home in South Gloucestershire, the local animals that were requisitioned and sent in to battle and there are pictures of local people entertaining themselves with theatre productions and concerts.
The banners tell these local stories using copies of original material from the archives of organisations belonging to the South Gloucestershire Museums Group and twinning associations.
Assistance and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn.