Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Contains more than 25 historic buildings spanning seven centuries with detailed accounts of their design. The collection includes a 1940s prefab, a 15th-century merchant's house and a windmill. Call 01527-831363 for details.

The Building of Bath Museum
This covers the masterplanning that transformed a small provincial spa into an exemplary Georgian city. Includes detailed drawings of the Royal Crescent and stories of the individuals involved in the projects. Call 01225-333895.

Sir John Soane's Museum
London WC2. The museum building itself is worth scrutinising: early 20th-century architect John Soane experimented with his architectural designs on his own house, which also houses his collection of architectural drawings and models – and hundreds of paintings and curios. Check out for more information or call 020-7440 4263.

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway
Swindon, Wiltshire. Recounts the story of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's huge industrial enterprise of the early 19th century. Includes the stories of the people who built the line, and illustrates how the railway was built and maintained. Call 01793-466646.

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Chichester, West Sussex. A collection of 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century. Check out or call 01243-811363.