War Horse museum opens near Winkleigh

22:21 20 April 2014

A new museum dedicated to Michael Morpurgo

A new museum dedicated to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse has opened at Iddesleigh. Pictured here are scenes from filming of Steven Spielberg's movie at Castle Combe in Wiltshire. Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images.

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Local couple open new museum at Iddesleigh dedicated to the famous book and movie.

A new War Horse Museum dedicated to Michael Morpurgo’s famous story has opened on a farm at Iddesleigh near Winkleigh.

Parsonage Farm, which features in the book, has an exhibition dedicated to the story of plucky war horse Joey – now a major Hollywood movie and successful stage production – as well as World War One artefacts and memorabilia.

Owners Graham and Rose Ward have gathered many photographs, documents, pictures and scenes depicting the village and surrounding areas that inspired the book.

In the centenary of the start of the war, visitors are invited to pause and reflect as they view the collection of wartime and local history, which includes the history of farming during the past 100 years, historical buildings and family history artefacts.

There is more about Michael Morpurgo’s work, as well the work of he and his wife Clare to found the charity Farms for City Children.

Parsonage Farm is a working farm, which invites visitors to meet the animals as well as the farm’s very own, ‘Joey’.

The book was given the Steven Spielberg treatment and turned into a hugely successful movie, following Joey and his owner as they swap the green fields of Devon for the horror of the First World War trenches.

War Horse Country Farm and Museum is open from Easter through to September. Visit www.warhorsevalley.co.uk/ to find out more.

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