Rural Life Living Museum

Rural Life Living Museum Museum of English Rural Life
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One of the biggest private collections of village and rural life. The Rural Life Centre 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

We love supporting local craft.  Did you know we often have the West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers on site...
20/04/2020
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We love supporting local craft. Did you know we often have the West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers on site? Find out more here https://wsgswd.wordpress.com/

Spinners weavers dyers - West Surrey

Today we would have been hosting Vanishing Skills Saturday.  If you are looking for something to do, why not take a look...
18/04/2020
Rural Life Living Museum on eHive

Today we would have been hosting Vanishing Skills Saturday. If you are looking for something to do, why not take a look at our online database eHive which you can find here https://ehive.com/collections/7825/rural-life-living-museum. You can find out about our exhibits and what they were used for.

The Rural Life Living Museum is an accredited open-air museum and visitor attraction which collects and preserves objects associated with farming and goods used by local craftsmen circa 1750-1960. Many aspects of village and rural life are displayed recalling a way of life once common to the local p...

It's Activity Thursday!  As we can't host you at the museum why not try your own activities?  How about doing some Easte...
16/04/2020

It's Activity Thursday! As we can't host you at the museum why not try your own activities? How about doing some Easter inspired egg art? Paint, them, dye them or draw on them....Show us your work!

Happy Easter from everyone at the Rural Life Living Museum!
12/04/2020

Happy Easter from everyone at the Rural Life Living Museum!

It's Activity Thursday!  As we can't hold the activities at the museum today, why not get out in your own garden and cre...
09/04/2020

It's Activity Thursday! As we can't hold the activities at the museum today, why not get out in your own garden and create a nature weave. Why not show us your work?

Spring forward!  The clocks have changed and spring is here.
29/03/2020

Spring forward! The clocks have changed and spring is here.

26/03/2020
Steam Toy Rally 2008

As we have had to cancel the Steam Toy Rally this weekend, we thought we would do a bit of a Throwback Thursday to 2008's Toy Rally. See the video below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzNgiTAPwVs

The Burnham Steam & Historic Machinery Club's annual Steam Toy Easter Rally at the Rural Life Centre.

24/03/2020
Rural Life Living Museum on Folksy

As a registered charity, the museum is reliant on visitors and events to keep running. In these unprecedented times, we are having to look for new ways to raise funds. As such, we have decided to start and online shop with Folksy to sell images taken by our onsite photographer. If you feel that you would like to help the museum, please visit our shop at https://folksy.com/shops/RuralLifeLivingMuseum.

All profits go towards the running of the museum and the Old Kiln Light Railway.

Rural Life Living Museum - This is a selection of images taken at the Rural Life Living Museum in Farnham, Surrey by the resident photographer, Katharine Hill. All profits from the sale of these prints will go towards the continued running of the muse...

Rural Life Living Museum
24/03/2020

Rural Life Living Museum

Cherry blossoms line the main village avenue giving a glimpse of the Cricket Pavillion beyond.
24/03/2020

Cherry blossoms line the main village avenue giving a glimpse of the Cricket Pavillion beyond.

22/03/2020

It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to close the museum site completely until further notice in order to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

20/03/2020

The Old Kiln Cafe has now closed until further notice due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus.

19/03/2020

Old Kiln Light Railway will not be running until 1st May due to concerns about Corona Virus.

In light of concerns about the spread of Corona Virus, we have taken the decision to keep the museum's buildings closed ...
19/03/2020

In light of concerns about the spread of Corona Virus, we have taken the decision to keep the museum's buildings closed for the foreseeable future. The grounds will be open free of charge should anyone wish to be in the fresh air but the buildings and shop will be closed. Donations are greatly welcomed to keep the museum running. Old Kiln Cafe is open, takeaways available tel: 01252790831. Thank you all for your support and stay safe and well.

18/03/2020

Due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus, we have taken the decision to cancel several of our upcoming events. We have cancelled our Steam Toy Rally, the Tilford Gardening Club Show and the Teacher's Day will be held at a date later in the year. Watch this space for updates and stay well.

17/03/2020

Due to current circumstances the Mother's Day Lunches at the Old Kiln Cafe have been cancelled but light lunches and take outs will still be available. Any queries, please call 01252 790831

The Old Kiln Cafe is open from Wednesdays to Sundays throughout the summer season.  Why not pop in for a cuppa and a bit...
15/03/2020

The Old Kiln Cafe is open from Wednesdays to Sundays throughout the summer season. Why not pop in for a cuppa and a bite to eat?

So. Many. Dogs...It's cuteness overload at the museum today as we welcome the Phyllis Tuckwell Wellies and Walkies chari...
15/03/2020

So. Many. Dogs...
It's cuteness overload at the museum today as we welcome the Phyllis Tuckwell Wellies and Walkies charity walk event. If you have a dog and would like to take part and raise money for this local Hospice, you can still register at the museum to walk up until 12 noon.
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Tomorrow morning we will be hosting the Wellies and Walkies charity walk for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Walks leave from ...
14/03/2020

Tomorrow morning we will be hosting the Wellies and Walkies charity walk for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Walks leave from the museum between 10am and 12noon. Registration will be taking place in our Frensham Building so why bring your four legged friend along.
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We're open and all set up for our Vanishing Skills Saturday. If you'd like to learn about making a rag rug, a rake or ho...
14/03/2020

We're open and all set up for our Vanishing Skills Saturday. If you'd like to learn about making a rag rug, a rake or how smocks are made pop down and see us.
We also have the RSPB here with their Back from the Brink Cricket Creative project, so come and get involved.
@ Rural Life Centre

We have lots going on at the museum this weekend. On Saturday come and learn about Vanishing Skills. We will be showcasi...
12/03/2020

We have lots going on at the museum this weekend. On Saturday come and learn about Vanishing Skills. We will be showcasing rag rug making, rake making and smock making. Have a chat with our volunteers and learn how we can keep these heritage crafts alive. You can also get involved in the RSPB Back from the Brink Creative Cricket activities in our woodland walk. Normal museum charges apply.
On Sunday we will be hosting the Phyllis Tuckwell Wellies and Walkies so bring your dog along between 10am and 12noon and join the walk to raise money for the hospice. To find out more visit the Phyllis Tuckwell website.

Very excited that our new undercover seating area is under construction on the village green. A huge thank you to our wo...
11/03/2020

Very excited that our new undercover seating area is under construction on the village green. A huge thank you to our wonderful woodyard volunteers who are doing a fantastic job on the building work.
@ Rural Life Centre

Don't forget, later this year we are hosting our fourth 1940s /50s weekender, the Rural Life Vintage Revival on Saturday...
02/03/2020

Don't forget, later this year we are hosting our fourth 1940s /50s weekender, the Rural Life Vintage Revival on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September. Tickets are selling fast for the open air screening of Dirty Dancing on Friday 4th September. Don't miss out, visit our website rural-life.org.uk to book tickets. You can also book your tickets for the Saturday rockabilly evening dance with The Doel Brothers.

We have plenty of events lined up for this year's summer season.  Tickets are now on sale for our VE Day 75th Anniversar...
01/03/2020

We have plenty of events lined up for this year's summer season. Tickets are now on sale for our VE Day 75th Anniversary Street Party lunch, The Rock 'n' Roll Evening Dance with the Roosters on 13th June, the Open Air Cinema on 4th September and the evening dance with music from The Doel Brothers on the 5th September. Visit https://rural-life.org.uk/buy-tickets/ to book your tickets

Spring is on the way here at the museum. We are looking forward a packed calendar of events this season. We hope to see ...
27/02/2020

Spring is on the way here at the museum. We are looking forward a packed calendar of events this season. We hope to see you soon.

Our day of activities continues this afternoon.... #activitythursday #kidsactivities #childrensactivities #family #famil...
20/02/2020

Our day of activities continues this afternoon.
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We are open from 11am today for Activity Thursday. We have plenty going both inside and outside so why not pay us a visi...
20/02/2020

We are open from 11am today for Activity Thursday. We have plenty going both inside and outside so why not pay us a visit?
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#activitythursday #kidsactivities #childrensactivities #family #familydayout #halfterm #holidayactivity #schoolholiday #haveago #polelathe #rocketlaunching #traditionallearning #traditionalcrafts #museum #museumevents #farnham #farnhamsurrey #farnhammuseum #surrey #surreyattraction

Don't forget we have our first Activity Thursday of the year next week.
14/02/2020

Don't forget we have our first Activity Thursday of the year next week.

Calling all traditional craftspeople, artisans and heritage tradespeople! The Rural Life Living Museum is holding its an...
12/02/2020

Calling all traditional craftspeople, artisans and heritage tradespeople! The Rural Life Living Museum is holding its annual flagship event, Rustic Sunday, on Sunday 26th July and we are looking for people who can demonstrate or trade in heritage skills and would like a pitch on the day. If you would like to register for a pitch please follow the link to our registration form.

https://form.jotformeu.com/83314953844362

09/02/2020

Due to high winds, the museum will be closed today. Old Kiln Cafe is still open for lunches.

Good morning...#misty #mistmorning #rurallifelivingmuseum #rurallife #farnham #farnhammuseum #rural #historicallearning ...
06/02/2020

Good morning
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Our first Activity Thursday will be taking place on Thursday 20th February, so if you are looking for something to do du...
22/01/2020

Our first Activity Thursday will be taking place on Thursday 20th February, so if you are looking for something to do during the half term holiday, why not pop along.

We have our annual Steam Toy Rally coming up on Saturday 28th March.  If you have some steam toys that you would like to...
21/01/2020

We have our annual Steam Toy Rally coming up on Saturday 28th March. If you have some steam toys that you would like to display during the day, please fill out the registration form using the link below.
https://form.jotform.com/200063089117347

Thank you to everyone who came along to the wassail and Tree Dressing today. A big thank you to our volunteers who made ...
18/01/2020

Thank you to everyone who came along to the wassail and Tree Dressing today. A big thank you to our volunteers who made the day possible and a special thank you to our volunteer Trevor, who carved this green man to mark the occasion.
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It's looking to be a beautiful day here at the museum. We are getting ready for a day of children's activities followed ...
18/01/2020

It's looking to be a beautiful day here at the museum. We are getting ready for a day of children's activities followed by a procession at 3pm and wassail at our brand new cider apple tree. Come and join us in waking up the trees. Museum is open from 11am and normal entry fees apply.
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Happy New Year! We will be open again on Sundays and Wednesdays from 5th January 11am-4pm.We will be open on Saturday 18...
02/01/2020

Happy New Year! We will be open again on Sundays and Wednesdays from 5th January 11am-4pm.
We will be open on Saturday 18th January for a special day of tree dressing activities followed by a procession to our new apple tree for a Wassail. Join us for a warming drink of cider or apple juice and bring rattles or pots and pans to bang together to wake the trees. Normal museum entrance fees apply.
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After a busy year the museum is now closed for the festive season. We reopen on Sunday 5th January 2020. We would like t...
18/12/2019

After a busy year the museum is now closed for the festive season. We reopen on Sunday 5th January 2020. We would like to wish all our visitors and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!
We would also like to say a very big thank you to our army of volunteers for their continuing hard work to keep the museum running.
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#farnham #farnhamsurrey @ Rural Life Centre

Getting into the Christmas spirit...#rurallifecentre #rurallifecentrefarnham #rurallifecentretilford #museum #christmas
07/12/2019

Getting into the Christmas spirit
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The Santa Specials maybe sold out but we are looking forward to a brand new year of events starting with our Wassail and...
07/12/2019

The Santa Specials maybe sold out but we are looking forward to a brand new year of events starting with our Wassail and Tree Dressing Day on Saturday 18th January to encourage the new year's harvest to grow plentiful.

04/12/2019

Due to popular demand, we are now sold out of Santa Specials Tickets

Winter sun at the museum...#rurallifecentre #rurallifecentrefarnham #rurallifecentretilford #museum #historical #histori...
03/12/2019

Winter sun at the museum
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Address

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

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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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:
Coach lined and signwriting #geraldwhittakersigns.co.uk
Just caught the end of Drew Pritchard's visit to you on Quest, where he called you the best rural life museum he has visited!! Of course, he is quite right.
Had lots of spooky fun this afternoon, thanks so much Rural Life Centre, always enjoyable ###
There is an error on the page that opens for the Old Kiln light railway; it opens as an error page and says that you page isn't published here.
Fabulous event for the Village at War re-enactment. Well done!
Come and meet Captain Mainwaring. Don't tell them Pike. You Silly Boy
This looks an Interesting place to visit.
Memories of growing up in a Farnham prefab, recorded at the Rural Life Centre https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/prefabmuseum/episodes/2018-03-22T00_16_20-07_00
All in a days work........Happy New Year
The story of the Rural Life Centre prefab (thanks to Judy Hewins for the information!) and the history of the Arcon MkV