The Power of the Plough

Two years ago the Rural Museums Network successfully bid to the Museums Association Effective Collections programme to run a ploughs project.

Image: plough, © Rural Museums Network

English Ploughs, 1748 © Rural Museums Network

The second stage of the exercise has been to consider and review the surprising number of ways that museums interpret ploughs and ploughing. The Network has appointed Sally Ackroyd and Judith Caruthers to create a resource that will help museums to make the most of their ploughs, and their booklet ‘The Power of the Plough’ will be published shortly.

The first stage of the project was to survey and review ploughs in rural museum collections, and the Network asked Catherine Wilson to do this. Her report ‘Digging Deep’ is available this website.

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