Rural collections

The rural collections include all aspects of rural occupations in the countryside.

Our collections feature objects connected with the following:

  • Farming activities such as field draining, ploughing, cultivating, harvesting, weed and pest control and farm machinery.
  • Livestock includes dairy cattle, milk, butter and cheese-making as well as beef cattle, sheep and wool, pigs and pig-killing, horses and harness for horse-power – bees and bee-keeping are included.
  • Rural industries include country crafts and craftspeople and their tools – the blacksmith, the harness-maker and saddler, leather-workers, woodland craftsmen like the hurdle-maker, chair leg and tent-maker, ladder-maker, wood turner and thatch spar maker.
  • Building crafts such as thatching, brick-making, slate-making and stonewall building are all represented, as are the wheelwright, the wagon maker and the makers of farm implements and machinery.



Heritage search

Use our Heritage Search to explore our online collections of historical photographs, documents and objects.

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