The RMN has a particular interest in threshing machines. They can be awkward to display and store, but they offer a fascinating insight to an important period of agricultural history.
The Network conducted a survey of threshing machines in museums for the Agricultural Heritage Distributed National Collection in 2006:
In 2013 we commissioned a resource on interpreting threshing machines in rural life museums. Drums Roll… is researched and written by Sally Ackroyd. Starting with first principles the author explains what threshing machines are and what they do. She looks at the broader subject of harvest, and gives examples of the stories that threshing machines can support:
To find out more:
Threshers & Threshing, a DVD by County Films [ISBN 978-1-905523-47-4], distributed by Old Pond Publishers, www.oldpond.com