We present here links to a number of web sites which may be of interest to 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.
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.
We hope you find the links provided of interest. 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- Curtis Museum, Alton
- Petworth Cottage Museum
- The Museums Association
- The Rural Museums Network - a partnership of many of the country life museums in Britain.
The local area
- The town of Farnham
- The Farnham Community website - event listings.
- 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.
- netmums.com - lots of local ideas and help for families.
Somewhere to stay/accommodation
- Tilford Woods - chalets and lodges in a delightful woodland setting close to the museum.
- The Bridge at Pierrepont Hotel - a friendly hotel on the banks of the river Wey, less than a mile from the museum in Frensham village.
- The Rockery - a small and friendly bed and breakfast establishment in Haslemere, Surrey about ten miles from the museum.
- Farnham Bed and Breakfast - very conventiently situated for museum visitors in south Farnham. The museum can be easily reached from here by a short car or cycle journey or a pleasant walk which is mainly off-road through the adjoining countryside.
- Two Hoots Campsite, Alresford - Camping accommodation between Alton and Winchester with 15 pitches for caravans and tents plus Eco friendly camping pods coming soon.
- Surrey Industrial History Group
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: North East Hants Local Group
- 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.
- Ethical Switching Ltd - save money on your fuel bills and, at the same time, support your favourite charities.
Local History, Groups and Societies
- Shere, Gomshall and Peaslake Local History Society
- The Headley Society
- 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 in store a collection of camp artefacts which we hope to display in the future.
- Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park
Suggestions for things to do and places to go
- What To Do With The Kids.co.uk
- Fred's days out
- A Great Place To See
- UK Villages Online
- Tours Unbound - heritage flavoured escorted tours.
- Adventure Balloons - for a trip with a more unusual viewpoint on the local countryside.