Welcome to the Museum of Village and Rural Life
The Rural Life Centre is a country life museum, assembled by the late Mr & Mrs Henry Jackson and now run by a charitable trust. It is pleasantly distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, and our exhibits comprise of a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming. Many aspects of village and rural life are also displayed in realistic individual settings. There is so much to explore!
Our new section 'Behind the Scenes' shows the latest projects our volunteers are working on and keeps you updated on the progress.
Activities & Events
Our events are a brilliant way to experience the museum as our team of volunteers set about to bring the museum alive, with costume, crafts, demonstrations and hands-on activities. We are proud to have recieved a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, which is testiment to the hard work and passion of our volunteers.
For families we also offer 'step back together' activities so there is lots of stuff for kids to keep them amused. Children can also really get involved at events and on Activity Thursdays which take place throughout the holidays.
Enjoy a ride on the The Old Kiln Light Railway which operates every Sunday throughout the summer.
Planning your visit
The museum is currently open on Wednesday to Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) between 10am and 5pm
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 Cafe.
For more information on prices, opening times, location and facilities please view the Visiting Us pages