Amberley Road-makers Museum
Amberley is a 36-acre open air museum set in the midst of the beautiful South Downs in West Sussex. It is next to Amberley railway station in the Arun River valley, not far from the historic town of Arundel. With its historic buildings, working exhibits and demonstrations the Museum aims to show how science, technology and industry have affected peoples’ lives.
was established in 1979 to preserve the rapidly disappearing industrial history of the south east. Since that time, the museum has developed into a major education and research centre, as well as providing an interesting and educational day out.
Today the museum houses a number of important collections, supported by libraries and archives. The museum is also home to a number of self-employed craftsmen who earn their living while demonstrating their craft to the visitors. At the same time, other demonstrations take place and exhibits are in operation. A vintage bus and narrow gauge railway take visitors around the site.
The Museum of Roads and Roadmaking was established at Amberley in 1995 with assistance from the Worshipful Company of Paviors. The Museum tells the story of road construction and maintenance from the earliest times to the present day through impressive exhibits and displays. The Paviors Company continues to support the Museum and has a Museum Advisory Committee that meets regularly with the Museum’s Curator, trustees and members of staff. It is through the good offices of Amberley Museum and their volunteer staff that the Company has been able to have the use of a steam traction engine or steam-roller to pull the Paviors’ float in the Lord Mayor’s Show, an annual event that attracts a massive audience and extensive TV coverage. Further developments are planned for the improvement and display of artefacts in the Roadmaking Museum to enhance visitors’ experience.