Distributed National Collection
The Rural Museums Network has begun the process of defining what constitutes the Distributed National Collection of Agricultural Heritage Material.
Building up a national picture of how the story of farming is represented in museum collections will enhance public understanding of that material and access to it.
Of course not all significant material is held in museums. Much is in private hands. Developing ways of bringing privately-held material within the scope of a Distributed National Collection is a further aspect of this initiative.
Click on the links to view documents produced as part of the project.
AHDNC significance criteria In 2014 we made the records from the original reports available on Culture Grid.
Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff
Distributed National Collection of Agricultural Heritage Material: a scoping and development study, 2004
An exercise to survey and rate combine harvesters in the UK. The methodology is described and the results tabulated, 2004
Tractors and Combines – Icons of the Twentieth Century
Report of the Collections Working Groups, 2005
Distributed National Collection – Tractors in Museums
A survey and rating of tractors in UK museums. The methododology is described and the results published, 2005
Important Tractors not represented in Museums
Sorting the Curds and Whey
Report on dairying collections in the UK 2006
Collections of Rural Crafts and Trades in Museums
In 2007, David Viner carried out a survey of collections of rural crafts and trades in museums, as part of a project at the Museum of English Rural Life.
Collections of Rural Crafts and Trades in Museums – Directory
A directory of collections that forms the appendix to the report.
Collections of Rural Crafts and Trades in Museums – Bibliography
A bibliography compiled as part of the report.
More than Nostalgia
A report produced by David Viner in 2001 for the South West Museums Council.