207 Squadron RAF Association - Visit to Belgium May 2005
Saturday May 7th 2005 - Bokrijk

"Over a surface area of more than 60 hectares the Flanders of some 150 years ago is brought back to life again. In the Open Air Museum you can experience how our ancestors lived, worked and entertained themselves.

The Open Air Museum is an active hands-on museum that aims to take people back in time. Generally speaking, the Open Air Museum can be compared to a scale model of Flanders, with a Kempen village, a Haspengouw village, East and West Flanders sections, and a traditional (Antwerp-style) urban area. The 100-plus historical buildings are surrounded by flowers, plants and trees from the authentic landscape.

The residents, or caretakers, will be pleased to take you around 'their' home, and will give you information about everything you want to know. Complete farms have been equipped with stables, stalls, barns, bakeries, and so on. In addition, the interiors of the buildings, the furniture, the household goods, the farming equipment etc., are all authentically present."

207 Sqn Association Secretary Kevin Mapley had arranged privileged admission for our party. We travelled slowly around this massive and varied outdoor museum in an electric road train, stopping off from time to time to look inside buildings.


images: Haslam, Alkins

last update 29 Jul 05

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