Rural Museums Network

This guide was last updated in 2009

The Rural Museums Network

The daily toil of a Welsh hill farmer shepherding sheep would have varied enormously from, say, that of an East Anglian agricultural labourer harvesting grain. Taking your research to a local level will help you better understand your ancestor’s experiences, and this is a good place to begin.

Click on “Members” and you will find links to obscure museums all over the British Isles, from a historic farm in Shropshire to a museum of rural life in Usk. A visit to one in the relevant area could be a real eye-opener. The Somerset Rural Life Museum, for example, features the life story of a local farm worker, John Hodges.

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