The Museum of English Rural Life archives are a major source of knowledge and inspiration about how people lived and worked in the countryside. They they tell the story of how food and farming matter to everyone.

Strengths of the collection include:

  • records of major agricultural manufacturing firms such as Ransomes and Fowler
  • historic archives of farm and countryside organisations such as CPRE and the NFU
  • personal records and journals of farmers, farm workers, land girls and evacuees
  • company accounts of farms, estates and agricultural co-operatives from across England and across several centuries.

The archives include over a million rural photographs, many of which are available via our image library, films relating to the countryside and tens of thousands of engineering drawings.

You can search the archives on our Databases.