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Farmland Museum
Denny Abbey
Ely Road

Waterbeach
Cambridgeshire
CB5 9PQ
Contact
Telephone: 01223 860 988
Fax: 01223 860 988
Email: f.m.denny@tesco.net

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Overview of collections

The collections reflect agricultural practices and processes of Cambridgeshire, particularly of South Cambridgeshire and the Fens and of small scale farming and growing, including hand tools and machinery. The machinery includes tractors, ploughs, barn machinery such as root choppers and chaff cutters, seed drills and rolls, sugar beet and potato lifting implements and harvesting machinery. It is mainly horse drawn and pre-1960, but will some tractor drawn implements. Much of the machinery is locally made; other well-known manufacturers, such as Ransomes, are represented. ;The museum has a collection of original and copy photographs of farming, rural activities and village life, mainly 20th century. ;The museum's social history collection includes material relating to domestic life, village shops and post offices, local trades and crafts, schooling and childhood. The Fenman's Hut display shows the equipment and clothing used by a fenman in wildfowling and fishing and reflects a very distinctive cultural tradition. ;The museum has a very small collection of rural costume, mainly items such as farm boots and sun bonnets.;The museum has a ueful collection of printed ephemera such as trade catalogues, advertisements and trade

Overview of how collections are displayed

The Museum started out as bits of broken pottery kept in a shoebox by four-year-old Craig Delanoy in 1969. The collection grew and after being in the Delanoy's garden in Haddenham until the early 1990's, it re-located to former farm buildings at Denny Abbey, an English Heritage property, where it opened in March 1997. The collection focuses on the story of farming in Cambridgeshire, both in the Fenland area and in the southern 'uplands' of the county, and on aspects of village life such as crafts and trades, domestic life, schooling and commerce.","The displays are arranged in the former farm buildings, including a magnificent 17th stone barn which houses the agricultural collections, and a range of former piggeries which now house reconstructed craft workshops (basket maker and blacksmith) a dairy and a typical fenman's hut. There is a Farmworkers's Cottage furnished from the 1940's/50's, and work is going on to create a typical garden of the period. Both the museum and the Abbey have a number of interactives and objects to handle and their is a children's palyshed. The Education Officer provides sevices to schools and groups at the museum and through outreach.

Star Objects at this location

Ferguson tractor (a 'Grey Fergie') with link attachments including a deep plough for Fenland soils.
Roerslev sugar beet lifter
Horse drawn celery roll
Currant cleaner from a village grocers
Model of a portable steam engine with threshing drum made by Harold Cooper of Willingham.
Collection Descriptions
Agriculture (Farmland Museum)
-The collections of hand tools and machinery associated with fruit and vegetable growing are unusual and include a ho...
Local and Social History (Farmland Museum)
-The museum's social history collection includes material relating to domestic life, village shops and post offices, ...

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