Rural collections

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

Our collections feature objects connected with the following:

Farming activities

  • field draining
  • ploughing
  • cultivating
  • harvesting
  • weed and pest control
  • farm machinery

Livestock

  • dairy cattle
  • milk
  • butter and cheese-making
  • beef cattle
  • sheep
  • wool
  • pigs
  • pig-killing
  • horses
  • harness for horse-power
  • bees and bee-keeping

Rural industries include

  • country crafts and craftspeople and their tools
  • the blacksmith
  • the harness-maker
  • saddler
  • leather-workers
  • woodland craftsmen like the hurdle-maker
  • chair leg
  • tent-maker
  • ladder-maker
  • wood turner 
  • thatch spar maker

Building crafts 

  • thatching
  • brick-making
  • slate-making
  • stonewall building
  • the wheelwright
  • the wagon maker
  • makers of farm implements and machinery

Heritage search

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

More information and visits

For more information and visits, please contact us.