THE RURAL HISTORY CENTRE includes the Museum of English Rural Life
Museum of English Rural Life

Dairying Equipment

The University of Reading has a long association with dairy farming. The University's Agriculture Department's website has a short history of the Department of Agriculture which was formed when the British Dairy Institute moved to Reading in 1893. The National Institute for Research in Dairying (NIRD) had close associations with the University until its closure. The Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) continues the valuable research still at the University. The Museum of English Rural Life has large parts of its dairying collection from the University, including the old Department of Dairying, and from NIRD (see section on Online Database below for more details).

MERL has already published some information on the Dairy collection as part of its INTERFACE section:

Dairying Equipment in the Online Database

There is a large amount of material from the collections catalogued on the online database, including photographs, objects, and details of books and publications. A KEYWORD search on 'DAIRY' will find over 1000 records, so you can refine your search either by using the filters, for instance if you select "Restrict to items of media type:" you can then choose pictures (GRAPHIC MATERIALS), or objects (ARTEFACTS/REALIA) from the collection at MERL. You can also use more specific words to find what you are looking for. Other KEYWORDS could include: churns, milk, butter, dairy AND products, cheese, cheesemakers, dairy AND farming, dairying, pasteurization, and many more. Also material on the National Institute for Research in Dairying collection can be found by a KEYWORD search on "NIRD". If you follow the link under Primary Name heading "National Institute for Research in Dairying (N. I. R. D.) (Creator of records)" this will bring up a list of all the catalogued material from NIRD. We have not completed cataloguing all the dairying material yet. If you require further information, please feel free to contact the museum.

You can also search by linking to different keywords from an individual record by following any of the links in the SUBJECT field.

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