Rural Life Timber Group

Rural Life Timber Group We are volunteers running the woodyard at the Rural Life Living Museum in Tilford, Surrey We are the Rustic Timber Group, running the woodyard at the Rural Life Living Museum at Tilford, Surrey.

The woodyard can be seen whenever the museum is open and runs several times a year including during events such as Working with Wood, Rustic Sunday and Harvest Home - the yard runs at other times depending on volunteer availability. We also exhibit at shows and rallies in the Surrey, Hampshire and and Sussex areas. See the Rural Life Living Museum's official page and website for more information about what we think is a very special place, and details of opening days and times.

Operating as usual

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post
26/09/2021

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post
25/09/2021

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post

A little job for the museum  today.... 90 or so wooden stakes.   Good use for a lot of the off cuts we have left over fr...
25/09/2021

A little job for the museum today.... 90 or so wooden stakes. Good use for a lot of the off cuts we have left over from millng timber

A little job for the museum today.... 90 or so wooden stakes. Good use for a lot of the off cuts we have left over from millng timber

18/09/2021

Our next steaming of Emmet, subject to availability, will be on Sunday 19th September for the rural life Living museum car rally event; this will be the last steaming of Emmet until Santa specials in December. Trains will run from Mills Wood station every 30 minutes from 11 am until 4.30 pm.

Tickets will be on sale from the ticket office at mills wood, ÂŁ3 per person. Come and enjoy a steam-hauled journey through the beautiful Surrey heathland.

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!

14/09/2021

We also ran a couple of the museums stationary engines last Sunday for the Working Objects Weekend. In the background is a Lister saw bench, we'll try and get that turning at some point.

12/09/2021

We did this🙂 some more videos of machines running today to follow.

We will be there🙂
11/09/2021

We will be there🙂

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

04/09/2021
Photos from Old kiln light railway tilford Surrey's post
04/09/2021

Photos from Old kiln light railway tilford Surrey's post

04/09/2021

Woodyard tractors on parade.....more tommorow

We're looking forward to this, we'll be demonstrating some woodyard machines and hopefully dressing  in vintage gear (if...
31/08/2021

We're looking forward to this, we'll be demonstrating some woodyard machines and hopefully dressing in vintage gear (if it will still fit after all the lockdowns!)

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

25/08/2021

Peace and tranquility have returned to the Rural Life Museum, the last bits of Weyfest are being cleared away, we had a brilliant weekend!
We are open today as normal and tomorrow is the final Activity Thursday, which will include the railway! All included in your ticket or annual pass.

Another set of rail points are being installed in the yard.  This will create more room for the skip wagons and make it ...
14/08/2021

Another set of rail points are being installed in the yard. This will create more room for the skip wagons and make it easier to swop them around. The Miltant came in handy again.

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post
12/08/2021

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post

Star appearance by the  Overlander Forklift on the Sunday of Working Objects Weekend.  The forklift conversion is based ...
08/08/2021

Star appearance by the Overlander Forklift on the Sunday of Working Objects Weekend. The forklift conversion is based on a 1960s International tractor.

As part of Working Object Weekend at the museum, 1960 David Brown 950 with log splitter and Bob's newly acquired Fordson...
07/08/2021

As part of Working Object Weekend at the museum, 1960 David Brown 950 with log splitter and Bob's newly acquired Fordson E27N in the background. More action tommorow.

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post
07/08/2021

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post

A really good event in previous years, the woodyard will be joining in the fun
05/08/2021

A really good event in previous years, the woodyard will be joining in the fun

Only a month to go before the Rural Life Vintage Revival, we hope you have all got your tickets!
We do have a few spaces left for stallholders so if you sell vintage or retro items then please visit our website here https://rural-life.org.uk/events/rural-life-vintage-revival-2021/ to download a Stallholder Pack.
Tickets for the weekend are available here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/category/33393

We posted a few weeks ago the work to add windows to the front of the "Tea Hut" in the yard.    Timber has now been trea...
03/08/2021

We posted a few weeks ago the work to add windows to the front of the "Tea Hut" in the yard. Timber has now been treated and windows cleaned, as well as a coat of paint on the saw blade. We are rather pleased with the result🙂

Rustic Sunday 2014
22/07/2021
Rustic Sunday 2014

Rustic Sunday 2014

Every year the Rural Life Centre tries to keep the old country crafts alive through this event when craftspeople, young and old, come together to demonstrate...

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post
21/07/2021

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post

20/07/2021

Fordson Dexta and Johnson Dumper working on the museum site

We did a number of tasks for the museum last weekend borrowing Ali's Fordson Dexta with transport box, and helped Rob th...
20/07/2021

We did a number of tasks for the museum last weekend borrowing Ali's Fordson Dexta with transport box, and helped Rob the Site Manager shift a pile of wood chip (brought in by another woodyard volunteer) on Sunday. It's fun using old machines to get work done, even in 31 degree heat.

20/07/2021

Are you interested in tractors, engines and farming vehicles? We have a brand new family activity trail that is perfect for you. Blackbird Publishing have helped us to bring our collections to life again. Launching just in time for the summer holidays. Help yourself to a free trail sheet on arrival.

The Coultershaw Pump is well worth a visit, looks like they had a great day
19/07/2021

The Coultershaw Pump is well worth a visit, looks like they had a great day

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post
17/07/2021

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post

Last weekend was busy for the woodyard team.  We put our tractors on show and ran some machinery for the museum’s monthl...
16/07/2021

Last weekend was busy for the woodyard team.

We put our tractors on show and ran some machinery for the museum’s monthly working object weekend. Phil worked on getting the museum’s Fordson N tractor running and cleaned up the museum stationary engines, and Bob worked on the Militant’s electrics. As usual the kindling machine attracted interest and it was great talking families through how it works.

Whilst all that was going on Steve, Andy and Ali replaced the previous lift-out boarded front to the “tea hut” with restored Crittal windows and wavy edge cladding, the latter milled over the weekend on the Woodmizer. We can now see out without having to lift heavy panels, and the end result creates a much better looking building - most importantly we can also pass the tea out of the window to those outside.

This weekend we will be cleaning up the windows, painting the glazing putty and treating the wavy edge to match the rest of the hut.

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post
16/07/2021

Photos from Rural Life Living Museum's post

15/07/2021

Thank you to every one who has safely visited us!

What are we doing after the restrictions have been lifted?

- We are requesting that visitors continue to observe social distancing and wear a mask in our visitor reception. Our screens will remain up. These measures have kept our staff and volunteers safe.
- Hand sanitizer will still be available at high use touch points.
- The Old Kiln Café will continue outdoor service and seating.
- You will no longer need to pre-book for entry to the museum (however, this will still be available!). Tickets can be purchased in person on the day of your visit.

We hope to see you soon!

With some dried firewood supplied by the woodyard🙂
14/07/2021

With some dried firewood supplied by the woodyard🙂

We will be running demonstrations for this in addition to the many other things to do and see
11/07/2021

We will be running demonstrations for this in addition to the many other things to do and see

Only two weeks to go until Rustic Sunday! The day will be celebrating rural crafts and traditions, with demonstrations from the museum volunteers, a Local Producers' Market, live music, morris dancing, a Traditional Children's Toy Set Round-a-Bout and the Old Kiln Light Railway will be running. If the weather is good the Fullers horses will be offering rides around the museum on their dray cart. General admission tickets are available from the website here https://rurallifemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/33452?catID=33388

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Farnham
GU10 2DL

Opening Hours

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

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A few photos from 2007 so much has changed !!!!
Our neighbours at the OKLR will be back in steam for Santa
Some pics from the Stockbridge Working Weekend
Returnung from the Stockbridge show.
With Vintage Revival over, the Rustic Timber Group will be taking to the road next weekend 9th and 10th September..attending the Stockbridge Working Weekend in Hampshire demonstrating some our machines and promoting the Rural Life Centre.
First outing with the esco