Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Malton, North Yorkshire
The Eden Camp Modern History Museum is situated in a former Second World War P.O.W camp, just north of Malton on the A169 towards Pickering, at the foot of the North Yorkshire Moors.
Although not a dedicated 'aviation' museum, there is enough to keep the enthusuast happy in the dozens of converetd prision huts in the camp, and a replica Spitfire and Hurricane at the camp gates.
In 1942 the War Office requisitioned a plot of land on the outskirts of Malton to build a camp to accommodate Italian and German prisoners of war captured in Africa and Europe.
This camp became the home for around 250 Italian P.O.Ws, who were tasked with building a more permanent camp. In 1943 the Italian prisoner's moved out and the camp was used as billets for Polish forces in preparation for the invasion of Europe, and from mid 1944 until early 1949 the camp housed German prisoners.
The museum first opened to the public on 21st March 1987 and comprised of 10 huts telling the story of World War Two through the use of sights, sounds and smells.
From 1990 to 1995 a series of six huts were opened (Huts 24-29) to create a 'museum within a museum'. These huts are each dedicated to tell the political and military events of World War Two from around the world, for each year of the war.
In 2000 Hut 13 was redesigned to cover all post Second World War conflicts that British Forces personnel were involved in. A further diversification from World War Two is Hut 11, which opened in 2001, telling the story of World War One.
What to see
The route through the huts begins in pre-war Germany and the impressive reconstructions within the huts range from battlefield scenes, bombed out houses to a pre-war German Beirkeller and a small section of the 'Great Escape' tunnel.
The huts are crammed with an impressive array of information, photographs, uniforms and memrobillia. For the aviation enthusuast there is a' Battle of Britain' era 'Ops room' and Bomber Command display, plus a memorial to the Royal Air Force Bomb Disposal unit.
Exterior displays include various military vehicles, an RAF recovery trailor complete with wing of a P51, a replica Hurricane and Spitfire, V1 Rocket and various artillery pieces.
For the younger members of the family, the camp has an assault course style play area and a child size wooden truck and aircraft that we found difficult to prize our young ones away from!
The camp also has a restaurant and shop selling the usual type of gifts.
If you are lucky you may well see Tucanos from RAF Linton-on-Ouse overhead and the occasional very low and very loud Tornado!
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
The Eden Camp is situated just off the A64 York to Scarborough road.From the south head towards Pickering on the A169 and the camp is a short drive from the junction on the left.
Wyse House campsite is recommened and is within walking distance of the camp.
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Monday - Sunday - 10.00am - 5.00pm, last admissions 4.00pm
Adults: £5.50, Children: £4.50, Senior Citizens: £4.50