Opening 22nd July

Escaping the shadows of WW2 and responding to a national desire for a better and brighter future for all, there emerged in 1949 a bold new Act of Parliament: The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act.

Our new exhibition Yours Since 1949 will explain how your 15 National Parks, 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and 16 National Trails came into being.

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Watch specially commissioned films and animations telling the history of the Campaign for National Parks and their influence on the formation of National Parks.

Explore interactive story maps and our photographic archive. Discover our new holographic archaeological display, soar over the National Park in virtual reality and find out more about your amazing National Parks.

Yours Since 1949 runs until October.

Yours Since 1949

Discover the history of your National Parks