Collections Database

Object Collections

Bibliography of British
and Irish Rural History

The Library

Image Library


Using the Reading Room

Archive Collections

The Museum of English Rural Life is a major national repository for archives of agriculture and rural life. Our archive collections may be consulted for free in our Reading Room.

The Collections

Business Records
Business records of firms in agricultural engineering, processing, and farm and garden seed production. In addition, visit the New Technologies section to see details of mid 18th century and Victorian manufacturers based on their advertising material.
Agricultural Organisations (Society) Records
Records of major organisations connected with agriculture and the countryside.
Agricultural Co-operative Records
Records of agricultural trading co-operatives.
Farm Records
An extensive collection of farm business records relating to farms throughout England.
Document Collections
Records relating to crafts and rural industries, personal papers, and agricultural research.