Rural Life Centre

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The largest countryside museum collection
in the south of England

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Old Kiln Museum
Tilford, Farnham, Surrey,

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 comprises 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 and include:

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Visit one of the biggest private collections of village and rural life

The Rural Life Centre is open from March to October
(for specific dates please see our events page),
10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday inclusive (plus Bank Holidays)
During the winter months the museum is open on
Wednesdays and Sundays only from 11am to 4pm
Ample Free Parking and Facilities for the Disabled
Pre-booked Schools, Groups and Coach Parties Welcome
Shop, Cafe and Picnic Areas
Arboretum and Woodland Walk
Train Rides on summer Sundays - Children's Playground

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Diary of special events - craft days, activities, exhibitions including the ever popular Rustic Sunday - available on request by email to:

A Unique Resource for Education

This countryside museum offers many opportunities for schools and other groups of young people. We try to ensure the visit will be enjoyed and remembered by everybody.

Learning through first-hand experience in this outdoor classroom brings history alive for every visitor.

For schools many aspects of the curriculum can be supported, while other groups are fascinated by the insights into the ways we used to live.

Group visits are welcomed, if arranged beforehand, and all our normal facilities and more are available. These include demonstrations, handling collections and loan boxes.

For more information about the services offered please visit our Education Page. Here you will find some downloadable resources and further information about arranging a group or school visit.

Kids in Museums Rural Life Centre : Old Kiln Museum : Accredited Museum
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL.
01252 795571 (Fax. 01252 795571)

The Old Kiln Museum Trust is a registered charity
Copyright Old Kiln Museum Trust 2012

For web sites of similar and local interest, visit the Rural Life Centre links page

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