Rural Life Living Museum

Rural Life Living Museum Museum of English Rural Life One of the biggest private collections of village and rural life. The Rural Life Living Museum is a country life museum, assembled by the late Mr & Mrs Henry Jackson and now run by a charitable trust.

It is pleasantly distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, and comprises a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming. Many aspects of village and rural life are also displayed in realistic individual settings. There is so much to explore! Meet the blacksmiths @oldkilnforge
Have a ride on the train @OldkilnlightrailwaytilfordSurrey
Find out what the Woodies are up to @rustictimbergroup

Operating as usual

Good morning! Misty here but it promises to brighten up a bit later! Let your little ones burn off some energy at the mu...
09/10/2021

Good morning! Misty here but it promises to brighten up a bit later! Let your little ones burn off some energy at the museum today and try our maze before it disappears...

Following on from our introduction, “Beryl”  is a 1918 Leyland FEU4 Fire Engine on loan to the museum. Beryl is a brilli...
06/10/2021

Following on from our introduction, “Beryl” is a 1918 Leyland FEU4 Fire Engine on loan to the museum.

Beryl is a brilliant example of very early commercial motor engineering. There are no front brakes, no power steering, a very heavy gate-change gearbox and no windscreen… goggles are necessary when driving!

In 1916, the London County Council ordered 14 new fire engines. These were part of an effort to withdraw the horses used on horse-drawn engines so they could be better used in the war effort. Due to material shortages, the new engines were not delivered until 1918 and were in “war finish” meaning they did not have any gold leaf on them.

Beryl was posted to West Hampstead until 1920 and was then moved to Manchester Square until the mid-1930s when it was sold.

Since then, the engine has passed through several hands with varying degrees of slow restoration. Do come and visit Beryl who is on display in our Frensham Building!

Following on from our introduction, “Beryl” is a 1918 Leyland FEU4 Fire Engine on loan to the museum.

Beryl is a brilliant example of very early commercial motor engineering. There are no front brakes, no power steering, a very heavy gate-change gearbox and no windscreen… goggles are necessary when driving!

In 1916, the London County Council ordered 14 new fire engines. These were part of an effort to withdraw the horses used on horse-drawn engines so they could be better used in the war effort. Due to material shortages, the new engines were not delivered until 1918 and were in “war finish” meaning they did not have any gold leaf on them.

Beryl was posted to West Hampstead until 1920 and was then moved to Manchester Square until the mid-1930s when it was sold.

Since then, the engine has passed through several hands with varying degrees of slow restoration. Do come and visit Beryl who is on display in our Frensham Building!

Santa Special Announcement!If you opted to defer your Santa Special tickets from 2020 then we have sent out the email wi...
05/10/2021

Santa Special Announcement!

If you opted to defer your Santa Special tickets from 2020 then we have sent out the email with your priority booking instructions. Emails were sent out last week, and again this week.

If you have not yet received this email, please check your spam/junk folder in case the email has landed in there. Please note it was sent to the email which you used in your original 2020 booking.

If you cannot find it in those folders then please email [email protected] so it can be re-sent to you.

2021 tickets for new bookings will be on general sale soon on our website.

Santa Special Announcement!

If you opted to defer your Santa Special tickets from 2020 then we have sent out the email with your priority booking instructions. Emails were sent out last week, and again this week.

If you have not yet received this email, please check your spam/junk folder in case the email has landed in there. Please note it was sent to the email which you used in your original 2020 booking.

If you cannot find it in those folders then please email [email protected] so it can be re-sent to you.

2021 tickets for new bookings will be on general sale soon on our website.

We are gearing up for another day of children's activities and autumnal shopping for the second day of the Festival of A...
03/10/2021

We are gearing up for another day of children's activities and autumnal shopping for the second day of the Festival of Autumn. We also have a talk from Cheese on the Wey and you can learn about Yoga for Knitters and ask our panel your gardening questions at 2pm. Tickets are available on the door.

02/10/2021

Thank you to everyone who came along and braved the rain today, we will be back with more activities at the Festival of Autumn tomorrow. Don't forget we also have our October car boot in the morning. Gates open for sellers at 7.30am and 8am for buyers.

Gates are opening soon, here are a few of the items we have on offer at the Festival of Autumn. We have plenty going on ...
02/10/2021

Gates are opening soon, here are a few of the items we have on offer at the Festival of Autumn. We have plenty going on for children too including a children's hay bale maze.

We are looking forward to seeing you this weekend at our first ever Festival of Autumn.  Visit the stalls in our mini ma...
01/10/2021

We are looking forward to seeing you this weekend at our first ever Festival of Autumn. Visit the stalls in our mini market, have a go at our children's activities, we also have a hay bale maze for children, there will be talks throughout each day, a tractor parade, traction engines and our steam roller on display.
Get your tickets now from our website here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/33452?catID=33388 or on the door.
Line up may be subject to change.
We are also collecting for Farnham Foodbank so if you have any spare items that you would like to donate, please bring them along.

29/09/2021

We would like to introduce you all to Beryl! 🚒

Beryl is a 1918 Leyland FEU4 Fire Engine and on loan to the museum for a few short months. You can find her on display in the Frensham Building.

Keep an eye out next week when we reveal some of Beryl's long life.

Thank you Donna for this blog detailing a family day out at our museum. We are pleased you all had a great time. Not com...
28/09/2021
A Day at the Rural Life Living Museum with Britains - What the Redhead said

Thank you Donna for this blog detailing a family day out at our museum. We are pleased you all had a great time.

Not completed our Farm Toy Trail yet? You still have some time…it will be running until the end of our October Halloween Half term.

https://whattheredheadsaid.com/a-day-at-the-rural-life-living-museum/

Somewhere we have wanted to visit for ages is the Rural Life Living Museum in Farnham, Surrey so when Britains Farm Toys invited us along to spend the day at the museum to enjoy the Britains trail they’ve set up there, we couldn’t wait to visit! What is the Rural Life Living Museum? The Rural

Coming up next weekend is a new event, the Festival of Autumn.  We will be celebrating all things autumnal and welcoming...
26/09/2021

Coming up next weekend is a new event, the Festival of Autumn. We will be celebrating all things autumnal and welcoming in the season with activities for children as well as craft demos, talks from local producers Cheese on the Wey, Farnham Beekeepers Association and Seale Roses alongside a talk on Yoga for Knitters and on Sunday, a guided walk around our arboretum at 2pm. There will be a gardening Q&A, a mini market, a hay bale maze and more. The Old Kiln Light Railway will be running and the Old Kiln Cafe will be open.
We are also hosting a collection for Farnham Foodbank so if you will be visiting us and have some spare dried or tinned food, then any donations into our shop will be gratefully received.

We are gearing up for a day of French automobilia as we will be welcoming a rally of Citroens to the museum tomorrow.  I...
25/09/2021

We are gearing up for a day of French automobilia as we will be welcoming a rally of Citroens to the museum tomorrow. If you would like to come along, admission tickets are available here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/33452?catID=33388 or on the door. Doors open 10am on Sunday.

We are gearing up for a day of French automobilia as we will be welcoming a rally of Citroens to the museum tomorrow. If you would like to come along, admission tickets are available here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/33452?catID=33388 or on the door. Doors open 10am on Sunday.

We are looking forward to demonstrating some of our country craft skills this weekend. Discover the art of spinning and ...
23/09/2021

We are looking forward to demonstrating some of our country craft skills this weekend. Discover the art of spinning and weaving, learn how to turn wood on a lathe and take part in ceramic painting (additional cost for ceramic painting). If you are visiting us on Sunday you will also discover the symbolism of corn dollies and meet our friendly broom squire.

Our hop pickers work is done! Hops were introduced to the Farnham area in the 16th century and by 1673 there were 300 ac...
22/09/2021

Our hop pickers work is done!
Hops were introduced to the Farnham area in the 16th century and by 1673 there were 300 acres devoted to hop growing.
In the late 1700's Peckham Williams, of Badshot, introduced a new variety - the Farnham White Bine Grape Hop. These had a delicate flavour and were picked while green. The industry became a major employer including, coppicing for hop poles, making charcoal for the drying kilns and the production of bags and sacking.

Our hop pickers work is done!
Hops were introduced to the Farnham area in the 16th century and by 1673 there were 300 acres devoted to hop growing.
In the late 1700's Peckham Williams, of Badshot, introduced a new variety - the Farnham White Bine Grape Hop. These had a delicate flavour and were picked while green. The industry became a major employer including, coppicing for hop poles, making charcoal for the drying kilns and the production of bags and sacking.

The cars are arriving! Visit the museum today to see the cars from the S.C.V.C. Classic Vehicle Gathering. Doors open at...
19/09/2021

The cars are arriving! Visit the museum today to see the cars from the S.C.V.C. Classic Vehicle Gathering. Doors open at 10am.

The cars are arriving! Visit the museum today to see the cars from the S.C.V.C. Classic Vehicle Gathering. Doors open at 10am.

We are getting ready to welcome a whole host of classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes for tomorrow's Classic Vehicle ...
18/09/2021

We are getting ready to welcome a whole host of classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes for tomorrow's Classic Vehicle Gathering. Make sure you have your ticket! Get them from our website here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/33452?catID=33388

We are getting ready to welcome a whole host of classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes for tomorrow's Classic Vehicle Gathering. Make sure you have your ticket! Get them from our website here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/33452?catID=33388

The Rural Life Living Museum will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 16th September, for a private event. We will see you on F...
15/09/2021

The Rural Life Living Museum will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 16th September, for a private event. We will see you on Friday!

The Rural Life Living Museum will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 16th September, for a private event. We will see you on Friday!

On 12th September 1917, local schoolboy Charles Wells aged 14, enrolled in the Bourne Troop. We have his Boy Scouts enro...
15/09/2021

On 12th September 1917, local schoolboy Charles Wells aged 14, enrolled in the Bourne Troop. We have his Boy Scouts enrollment card safely stored in our archive. The museum now offers tailored youth group sessions covering the subjects of Rural Life Vanishing Skills, Museum Mysteries, Woodland Wonders, Bygone Days and Local History. Youth groups are always welcome!

On 12th September 1917, local schoolboy Charles Wells aged 14, enrolled in the Bourne Troop. We have his Boy Scouts enrollment card safely stored in our archive. The museum now offers tailored youth group sessions covering the subjects of Rural Life Vanishing Skills, Museum Mysteries, Woodland Wonders, Bygone Days and Local History. Youth groups are always welcome!

12/09/2021

It's a bit fast at the moment but our brilliant Working Object Team have got the Stationary Threshing Machine going! You can find out more about the machine in our milling display located in the Frensham Building.

Coming up next month, we have our Festival of Autumn on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October. Join us for a weekend of wa...
11/09/2021

Coming up next month, we have our Festival of Autumn on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October. Join us for a weekend of warmth and wellbeing to see you through the winter months. We will have talks and demos alongside stalls selling food, drinks, clothing and more.
We still have some space left for stallholders. If you would like to have a stall, please visit our website here https://rural-life.org.uk/events/festival-of-autumn/ to download a form. Tickets for the weekend are available under our general admission tickets here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/33452?catID=33388

Coming up next month, we have our Festival of Autumn on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October. Join us for a weekend of warmth and wellbeing to see you through the winter months. We will have talks and demos alongside stalls selling food, drinks, clothing and more.
We still have some space left for stallholders. If you would like to have a stall, please visit our website here https://rural-life.org.uk/events/festival-of-autumn/ to download a form. Tickets for the weekend are available under our general admission tickets here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/33452?catID=33388

Join us today for Heritage Open Day 🎉 The museum will be offering free entry for today only. The Railway will be running...
11/09/2021

Join us today for Heritage Open Day 🎉 The museum will be offering free entry for today only. The Railway will be running for a small charge of £3 per person. Enjoy your day out!

Join us today for Heritage Open Day 🎉 The museum will be offering free entry for today only. The Railway will be running for a small charge of £3 per person. Enjoy your day out!

We hope everyone has enjoyed their first few days back at school! Our tin hut classroom is from the Bourne School, where...
08/09/2021

We hope everyone has enjoyed their first few days back at school! Our tin hut classroom is from the Bourne School, where it was built in 1909 and in use until 2004. We would love to hear any stories from local families who might remember it! Today it is used for our education sessions and much loved for its charm.

We hope everyone has enjoyed their first few days back at school! Our tin hut classroom is from the Bourne School, where it was built in 1909 and in use until 2004. We would love to hear any stories from local families who might remember it! Today it is used for our education sessions and much loved for its charm.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Revival this weekend and for making it such a fantastic event. Don't forget,...
06/09/2021

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Revival this weekend and for making it such a fantastic event. Don't forget, if you are still in the mood for more fifties rock 'n' roll, we have our Rock 'n' Roll in the Barn dance with music from the Roosters coming up this Saturday. Get your tickets from our website, rural-life.org.uk.

The VWs are arriving! If you would like to come along to the Revival today, we still have some tickets available on door...
05/09/2021

The VWs are arriving! If you would like to come along to the Revival today, we still have some tickets available on door. Doors opem 10am. Don't miss The Missy Nelson Band, Gentleman Tim and His Contenders and The Rigmarollers. There are still plenty of stalls to get a vintage bargain.

04/09/2021

Tractors coming through! Tickets still available for this afternoon and tomorrow on the gate, no need to pre-book - Join us for the Vintage Revival!

We are open! Tickets are available on the door for the Rural Life Vintage Revival.
04/09/2021

We are open! Tickets are available on the door for the Rural Life Vintage Revival.

While enjoying the Vintage Revival this weekend, pop into the Prefab to learn more about the home comforts of the 1940s....
01/09/2021

While enjoying the Vintage Revival this weekend, pop into the Prefab to learn more about the home comforts of the 1940s. Prefabs were built as a temporary housing solution during the Second World War. They could be erected ready for families to move in within a day. These homes were the height of luxury with big windows, a fitted kitchen, an indoor toilet and even central heating. They continued to be used as family homes for much longer than the 10 years that they were originally designed to last. We think our Prefab is rather cosy!

This weekend there will be lots to see and do  at the Rural Life Vintage Revival.  There will be plenty of unique vintag...
31/08/2021

This weekend there will be lots to see and do at the Rural Life Vintage Revival. There will be plenty of unique vintage items on sale on the market stalls. Bands start from 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon and 11am on Sunday.
We also have The Hot House Combo joining us for the Saturday evening dance so don't forget to book your evening session tickets here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/category/33393

Coming up this weekend, the museum will come alive to the sounds of the 1940s and 50s as we open the gates to the Rural ...
30/08/2021

Coming up this weekend, the museum will come alive to the sounds of the 1940s and 50s as we open the gates to the Rural Life Vintage Revival! On Saturday, there will be live music, from The Doel Brothers, Grizzly and the Grasshoppers and Amanda Jane will be singing some classic 1940s tunes, We have our evening dance on Saturday with music provided by The Hot House Combo so make sure you book your evening session tickets. On Sunday, The Rigmarollers, Gentleman Tim and His Contenders, The Missy Nelson Band will be providing the music. There will be plenty of stalls to pick up a vintage bargain, dance demos and reenactments alongside vintage vehicles. Don't forget, on Sunday, the Revival will be joined by the Classic VW Rally.
Get your tickets from our website here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

Coming up this weekend, the museum will come alive to the sounds of the 1940s and 50s as we open the gates to the Rural Life Vintage Revival! On Saturday, there will be live music, from The Doel Brothers, Grizzly and the Grasshoppers and Amanda Jane will be singing some classic 1940s tunes, We have our evening dance on Saturday with music provided by The Hot House Combo so make sure you book your evening session tickets. On Sunday, The Rigmarollers, Gentleman Tim and His Contenders, The Missy Nelson Band will be providing the music. There will be plenty of stalls to pick up a vintage bargain, dance demos and reenactments alongside vintage vehicles. Don't forget, on Sunday, the Revival will be joined by the Classic VW Rally.
Get your tickets from our website here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

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Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey
Farnham
GU10 2DL

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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I remember these in London when i was a kid.
Need help with finding out who r these people? Photos found in my loft Churt house cottage, may of lived in Churt house but may of come from the school near the museum in Farnham.
Dylan Murnahan
I like this place. 👍
For all the local artists
Looking forward to visiting again 👍
Looking forward to when its safe to visit again.
Santa Special.. great day out! Surrey Hills Photography
Hi do's the museum sell logs? Yours sincerely paul Bridger
Be glad when you can open again 🙁
Had a great Day at the Rural life centre Great day put for the family and very relaxing a peaceful. Would reccomend it .😊
Here is my photographic album/gallery dedicated to the Rural Life Centre during their 'Rustic Sunday' event on Sunday 28 July featuring an Aveling and Porter steam roller in action and O&K/Moors Valley Railway 0-4-0T 'Emmet' in steam and hauling passenger trains on the two foot narrow gauge Old Kiln Light Railway: