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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Welcome to the Museum of Village and Rural Life

Winter Season: The museum is now open on Wednesdays and Sundays only, between 11am and 4pm, until March 2017. Remember - you can call us at any time on 01252 795571 to  book your Santa Special visit.

Madge and Henry
The Rural Life Centre began as a private collection of agricultural equipment, assembled by the late Madge and Henry Jackson (pictured here), before opening to the public in 1973. The museum is now run by a charitable trust, the Old Kiln Museum Trust. Pleasantly distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, our exhibits  include a large number of implements and devices marking in excess of 150 years of farming. Many aspects of village and rural life are displayed in realistic individual settings.
There is so much to explore!

Activities & Events

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Logo

Our Activities & Events are a brilliant way to experience the museum, as our team of volunteers brings the museum alive, with costume, crafts, demonstrations and hands-on activities. We are proud to have received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 and now also the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service which is a thoroughly deserved testament to the incredible hard work and passion of our volunteers.

Families & Children

For families we also offer 'step back together' activities so there is lots of stuff for kids to keep them amused.

Our Events are a good way for children to become involved, especially on our specially crafted Activity Thursdays which take place throughout the holidays.

On most Sundays throughout the main season you can take a ride on the Old Kiln Light Railway that is part of our 10-acre site for a small extra cost: The Old Kiln Light Railway Society.

Planning your visit

For full information on prices, opening times, location and facilities please view the Visiting Us pages

We have plenty of free parking and the museum has a children's play area, arboretum, gift shop and picnic areas.

For refreshments, home cooked meals, light bites and a wonderful selection of cakes why not try The Old Kiln Café.