Collections

Distributed National Collection

Collections at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
© Norfolk Museums Service

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.

photograph: Fordson tractor © St Fagans National History Museum

Fordson tractor
© St Fagans National
History Museum

Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff
Distributed National Collection of Agricultural Heritage Material: a scoping and development study, 2004

Combine Harvesters
An exercise to survey and rate combine harvesters in the UK. The methodology is described and the results tabulated, 2004

Distributed National Collection of Combine Harvesters
2005 report

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
2005 report

photograph: Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies 54 Tractor thrashing machine, built 1947, restored by Chiltern Open Air Museum volunteers August 2006 – October 2008

Ransomes, Sims &
Jefferies 54 Tractor thrashing
machine, built 1947,
restored by Chiltern Open Air
Museum volunteers
August 2006 – October 2008

Distributed National Collection – Threshing Machines in Museums
2006 report

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.

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