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Farm Animals

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Traditional livestock

The Museum keeps a variety of livestock as part of its mission to interpret the farming landscape of the Chilterns.  You will find these animals around different parts of the Museum’s site throughout the year.

Farm Animals at Chiltern Open Air Museum


The Museum has its own long established flock of Pedigree Oxford Down sheep. This now rare breed of sheep was once very important in the Chilterns area and formed the backbone of many local farms. The Museum breeds these sheep to help conserve them as their number has declined to a little more than a thousand breeding ewes over the whole country. The flock is run in a traditional manner.

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Oxford Down Sheep
Sheep Folding
Lambing Folds

Dorking chicken


We have a small flock of beautiful Dorking chickens. This rare breed has ancestry dating back to at least the end of the Iron Age. The birds can usually be seen happily scratching around outside in one of our fields.

Aylesbury Ducks


We also have some Aylesbury Ducks, who most certainly like to have their voices heard.


Clementine, a red cow, is half Shorthorn (a typical breed in Victorian times), a quarter Guernsey and a quarter Limousin she arrived a the Museum in 2013. A second calf, Evie, came to the Museum in the summer of 2017 to keep Clementine company.



You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Museum’s two farm cats as they go about their duties.




The Museum is home to rare breed, English goats, called Crystal and Beverly and their children Dora and Elbie. They love eating the hedgerows and browsing the trees around the site.




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Library Image of Garston Forge Family

Vernacular architecture, rural life and building histories

  • Chiltern Open Air Museum has a small library and archive, looked after by a dedicated team of volunteers.
  • The collection includes books on vernacular architecture, farming and rural life; archived documents for each of the historic buildings; and photographs and slides showing buildings in their original locations.
  • Access to the library for research is currently by appointment.  Please contact the Museum Office on 01494 871117 or enquiries@coam.org.uk  The library may occasionally be open to the public during some events so that visitors can enjoy browsing the collections of books, journals and articles. Volunteers, Friends of the Museum and Chiltern Society members are welcome to borrow books for a deposit.

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Visit to Chiltern Open Air Museum

From opening times and prices to maps and refreshments, you can use the menu above to plan a great visit to Chiltern Open Air Museum. If you have any questions, please contact us and we’ll do all we can to help.

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