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Useful Links

Here are some links to web sites which may interest you. Some are to museums, both locally and worldwide, which have similar or complementary collections. Also listed are links to towns and features in the area around the Rural Life Centre, to help you plan an interesting day or weekend when you visit us.

We hope you find these links useful. If there are other sites which you think we should add, or if any of those listed are found to be broken, please let us know. You can email the Rural Life Centre at info@rural-life.org.uk

Planning a visit?

The Local Area

The town of Farnham
The town of Haslemere
Broomsquire Country - the ancient heathland area in which the Rural Life Centre is situated, full of interesting places to visit.
Waverley Countryside Pages - full of ideas and countryside to visit.
The Electric Bicycle Network - operates around Alice Holt Forest. Your can hire electric bicycles at the Forest Centre from Quench Cycles and the Rural Life Centre is a charging point. (For suggested cycle routes between Alice Holt Forest and the Rural Life Centre, please visit www.cyclestreets.net/journey/1970384)
The North Downs Way - long distance footpath on the National Trails website.

Nearby Accommodation

Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat - log cabin lodges in a delightful woodland setting close to the museum.
Travelodge Hotels - several Travelodge hotels can be found within the area.
The Rockery - a small and friendly bed and breakfast establishment in Haslemere, Surrey about ten miles from the museum.
Two Hoots Campsite, Alresford - 'Glamping' Accomodation between Alton & Winchester. 2 Shepherds Huts & 4 Glamping Pods with king-size bed. TV/DVD. Hut with full kitchen, toilet & sink & log burner. Quiet, adult only, award winning Glamping campsite.

Other Museums

The Rural Life Centre is also associated with various other historical and preservation organisations, and in fact houses some of their exhibits. Links to these organisations' web pages are also provided for your interest.

Culture 24 - Museums and heritage website
The Museum of Farnham - exhibitions of the town's history and that of the surrounding area.
Godalming Museum - in Waverley, home of Lutyens and Jekyll.
The Museum of English Rural Life at the Rural History Centre, Reading - part of their reserve collection is housed at the Rural Life Centre.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum - at Singleton near Chichester. A superb collection of reconstructed buildings from the south-east of England.
Petworth Cottage Museum
The Museums Association

Associated organisations

Surrey Industrial History Group
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Farnham Heath
RevelationsInMetal - Intriguing metalworking designs by Chantal Walter, a resident craftsperson at the Rural Life Centre.
Old Kiln Forge - Showcase of work and blog by the blacksmiths that run the museum's forge.
Hampshire Coppice Craftsmens Group - an association of coppice, underwood and associated craftspeople working in Hampshire who regularly demonstrate at country events.
Farnham Beekeepers - a division of the Surrey Beekeepers' Association who maintain the apiary at the Rural Life Centre.
Old Kiln Light Railway - Surrey’s Only Industrial 2ft Gauge Railway. Based at the Rural Life Centre, they run most Sundays during the Summer season and on Activity Thursdays.

Local History, Groups and Societies

During the second world war, the local area was "occupied" by Canadian troops. Tweedsmuir Camp was one of the largest bases and after the war this became a temporary home for "displaced persons". This website has been constructed by members of a family who lived there and are trying to record a full history of this "forgotten corner". The museum has a building (the Tweedsmuir Building in which many of the items are displayed.

General Sites for finding things to do and places to go

What To Do With The Kids.co.uk
A Great Place To See

Adventure Balloons - for a trip with a more unusual viewpoint on the local countryside.
netmums.com - lots of local ideas and help for families.

Open Farms

Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park